Whatever 2019 has brought to us so far, one thing we can say for sure is that we've had our share of supermoons. If for some reason you missed the chance to behold January's "super blood wolf moon" eclipse or February's brilliant "snow moon," you've got one more chance. It just so happens this one will peak just around four hours after the official Vernal Equinox--more commonly known as the first day of spring for those living in the northern hemisphere. The fact that these two will coincide is a rare occurrence indeed. In fact, this won't happen again until the year 2038.
The last supermoon of 2019 is known as the "super worm moon." Yeah, not the prettiest name ever uttered, but it was named so with purpose. The Farmer’s Almanac
tells us it has been named "worm moon" simply because it is around this time of year when worms begin to squirm in the soil as it becomes softer. I know, it still doesn't conjure images of flowers and unicorns. If you'd prefer, you can also call it the "sap moon" as this is also the time of year when the sap from sugar maples begins to flow.
Well, for those of us living in the realm of CST, look for the supermoon to reach its peak fullness around four hours after the vernal equinox--which should occur around 4:42 p.m. on March 20. That puts its peak at around 8:42 p.m. according to timeanddate.com. However, if you'd like to see it when it "looks" its largest, experts say to try and get outside as the moon is rising. It'll look more dramatic at that time and perhaps inspire you to get a shot of it with your camera.
As a sky-gazer myself, I'll be out there, too. They say this one may not be quite as overwhelming as last months, but it certainly will be something to behold and a fun way to celebrate the first day of spring.