Wind up to see the Super Worm Moon: the third full moon of the year reaches its largest and brightest in the sky around the world
- The Super Worm Moon on Sunday evening is the largest and brightest of the year so far
- The moon was 100 percent full, reaching its peak on Sunday evening at 7:48 p.m. BST
- Considered a super moon because it almost reaches its closest point in orbit
- Due to cloudy weather forecasts tonight, some viewers may not be able to see the spectacle
- But the skies will clear up much of the country on Monday, giving one last chance
The Super Worm Moon on Sunday night is the largest and brightest moon of the year so far due to its proximity to Earth – but you’ll have to squirm if you want to see it.
Worm Moon is the common name for the March full moon, because the moment it seems like the ground is starting to soften and worms appear, bringing robins and other birds at the beginning of spring.
The moon was 100 percent full and was brightest and largest last night at 7:48 p.m. BST.
Due to cloudy weather forecasts tonight, some viewers have missed the spectacle in all its glory, but tonight is expected to bring clear skies to the south and the moon will still be 99 percent full.
A supermoon, the satellite makes an impressive appearance in the clear sky over Gravesend, Kent
The so-called superworm moon was visible over large parts of the planet, including here behind the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
The moon took on reddish hues as it stood low in the sky over Istanbul tonight. The skies are expected to clear up in the UK on Monday evening to give more people a chance at a similar view
The superworm moon gets its name from the return of worms that coincided with the full moon in March, a feast for British garden birds. Here the moon appears over the Karancs hills in Hungary
A great balancing act: the superworm moon appears to be sitting atop the Basra International Stadium in the southern Iraqi city
On March 28, the full Worm Moon can be seen above the Bangkok skyline
The Super Worm Moon rises on a clear Saturday night over Stoodley Pike, Todmorden, West Yorkshire. A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the moon’s orbit at which it is closest to Earth
The Worm Moon is named for the earthworms that begin to appear in March, when the ground begins to warm up, bringing robins and other birds in early spring. It appears at its greatest on Sunday evening
In addition to the Worm, tonight’s moon is also considered by some to be a super moon.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth.
There are two extra supermoons coming this season – April 27th, a ‘Pink Moon’ and the ‘Flower Moon’ on May 26th.
Neil Norman, an astronomer from Hadleigh, Suffolk, said: “The name Worm Moon is taken from the North American Indian naming of the moons.
The sinking of the Wormmaan on a clear Saturday morning above St Andrew’s Church in Sutton on the island, Cambridgeshire
A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the moon’s orbit at which it is closest to Earth
This one refers to the first full moon of spring and the thawing of the soil, and so the worms are starting to surface again.
In the south of Britain, the moon will be exactly full on March 28 at 7:48 pm.
It is the first supermoon of the year, which means that it is in full phase when it comes closest to Earth.
In the south of Great Britain, the moon will be exactly full on March 28 at 7:48 pm. Pictured: The Worm Moon is seen over Bangkok, Thailand
“There will be very little difference in apparent size visually, but some photographers may want to photograph it and then maybe use the same settings for the next normal full moon to make a comparison.”
He said that in order to see the moon clearly, it is best to find a space away from light pollution, which is common in cities and towns.
And look for a hilltop – the higher you are, the easier it is to see the sky clearly.