Super Worm Moon coming March 20

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FILE – In this Monday Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, a faint shadow from the Earth is cast over part of the Moon during a penumbral lunar eclipse, seen from Manila, Philippines. Early Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, a partial eclipse and Comet 45P will share the sky. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Spring arrived Wednesday evening at 3:58 p.m., regardless of what the weather was up to.

On the spring equinox (Latin for “equal night”), the direct rays of the sun will pass over the Equator and shift into the Northern Hemisphere. The entire globe receives about 12 hours of daylight.

We get a bonus supermoon that will become full moon at 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, a little less than four hours later. This is the closest incidence of the Full Super Worm Moon since March 20, 2000.

The moon reaches perigee to qualify as a supermoon — the smallest distance relative to Earth in its orbit.

This is the third and final supermoon of 2019, which is defined in modern times as a position at least 90 percent greater than a normal full moon.

In January, we enjoyed the Super Blood Wolf Moon, which came with a full lunar eclipse, causing the moon to take on a coppery cast, which happens when moonlight (reflected sunlight) is refracted and reflected passing through Earth’s atmosphere.

Last month, we enjoyed the Super Snow Moon.

The “Worm Moon” is the folkloric name that reflects the thawing of frozen soil, allowing earthworms to work their way upwards.

The question, as always, is whether we will be able to see the Full Worm Moon because clouds are in the forecast Wednesday night.

But the unusually bright moon could play peek-a-boo with the clouds, making for an eerie visual.

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