Coinciding with the spring equinox, which brings in the new season, tonight’s supermoon will be the last one of the year.
The spectacle will be in full effect for us at 8:43 p.m., according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The supermoon is a full moon which has reached its closest point to the Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit around the planet. Therefore, it appears larger and brighter in the sky.
This will be the last super moon to occur on spring equinox until 2038, according to NASA.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is called a worm moon because it is at this time of the year that the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and birds to feed — a true sign of spring. Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber. It is also sometimes referred to as the full sap moon, marking the time of year when sugar maples begin to release their sap.
For those who can’t watch because of cloudy skies, the Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the skywatching event online from Rome at 11:45 a.m. today.