'Super worm equinox moon' will be the last supermoon of 2019

Full moon above an ocean dock

But the northerners won't be seeing just any old supermoon this evening - it's a "super worm equinox moon".

A supermoon is a full moon that has reached the closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit around the planet.

Closer home, remember Ugadi, Bihu, Puttandu, Vishu, Noboborsho and other new years celebrated in India?

Along with the seasonal conditions, a supermoon, called the Worm Moon, will be present tonight.

The last time the vernal equinox and full moon happened on the same day was March 20, 1981, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

The "worm moon" is the third moon of the year, and comes from historic Native American naming conventions for full moons. It is also called "worm moon" because the spring season brings the warmer temperature to which more worms appear.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare moon's glimmer, it's best to head away from the bright lights and smog of major cities to improve your view. As a result of these combined events, the full lunar disk will appear 14 per cent larger and 12 per cent brighter than usual, Nat Geo said.

An equinox is commonly considered to be the moment the Earth's equator passes directly through the centre of the sun, lining up in unison as the world gradually turns.

The Vernal Equinox occurs at 5:58 PM Eastern Time on March 20. It marks the official beginning of spring, in scientific circles.

India will welcome the equinox (Latin for equal day and night), when it will be Holi, the festival of colours.

The meteorological start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is linked to the first day of the month, March 1.

So with the grass going insane at least the evenings are getting longer and when the clocks go forward at the end of March there will again be plenty of time to get out and cut the lawn after work.

The equinox would be at 3:28 am (IST) on March 21, less than four hours before the supermoon arrives.

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