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What is a worm moon?
08-03-2020, 07:52 AM
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What is a worm moon?
After 2020's first supermoon lit up the morning sky on Sunday 9 February, another is set to appear on Monday 9 March.

It has been nicknamed the “worm moon” and is one of several supermoons set to appear in the first half of 2020.

Here’s everything you need to know about the worm moon.

What is a supermoon?
The Moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t a perfect circle but an oval which means that it actually moves closer and further away from us as it travels.

A supermoon occurs when the Moon reaches peak fullness while it is especially close to the Earth (a point which astronomers call the “perigree”), causing it to appear much larger and brighter. “Peak fullness” refers to the time at which the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun.

The difference can be pretty significant, with the supermoon appearing up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than the full moon does when it is further away.
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