Everything you need to know about the March Supermoon 2020

The March Full Moon will be the second Supermoon to grace the night skies this year.

In 2020 there will be four Supermoons in total, with the first falling on Sunday, February 9 in the UK.

A Supermoon occurs when the Full Moon is the nearest to Earth in its orbit.

This makes the moon appear bigger and brighter than it normally does.

It will appear about 7% larger than a normal Full Moon, but a Supermoon can appear as much as 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

The March Supermoon is also known as the Worm Moon. It gets its name because when it appears the ground starts to soften and worms start to appear.

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The Worm Moon will be “spectacularly bright”, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

When to see the Supermoon 2020:

The full Worm Moon will appear in the night sky today, March 9.

UK sky gazers will be able to see the moon reach full illumination at about 5.47pm GMT.

But it should be visible throughout the whole evening.

If you don’t manage to see the Supermoon, fear not, because there will be two more.

The next Supermoons are set to take place on April 8 and May 7.

How to see the March Supermoon 2020:

Anyone should be able to see the Supermoon with the naked eye, weather permitting. Best viewing conditions are clear skies.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich said: “This is a good opportunity to use a small telescope or a pair of binoculars to see the Moon’s detailed surface, or even try taking a few interesting moon photos.

“However, you can see the Moon perfectly well with just your eyes. Seeng moonrise just after sunset or moonset just before sunrise will be an impressive sight as it will appear enormous compared to the surrounding landscape."

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The website continues: “This is due to an optical illusion. During moonrise, the Moon looks bigger than it is because our brain doesn’t understand that the sky is a dome.

“It falsely projects things near the horizon to appear larger than they actually are.”

Look to the east-northeast skies at around 5.35pm GMT, which is when it is expected to rise.

According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, moonrise is at 5.35pm, and moonset is 7.13am.

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