Supermoon at 97 percent just as rain clouds arrive over Arlington Heights before dawn, changing a clear sky to a cloudy sky at about 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2020.
Today’s Full Moon is a Supermoon shining in the night sky—but what is a Supermoon, which is defined as a Full Moon or a New Moon that approaches nearest to Earth during its elliptical orbit.
To casual observers the near orbit Full Moon looks larger and brighter than usual.
Today’s Supermoon was blocked by rain clouds, but CARDINAL NEWS captured the near Full Moon at about 5:00 a.m. just before rain clouds obscured the bright moon. The moon was 97 percent ‘full’ illumination at 5:00 a.m. CDT early Monday morning. The Full Moon was official at 12:47 p.m. The Moon sets Tuesday morning at 8:03 a.m. when clouds will be just beginning to break, but with over 90 percent coverage.
March 9, 2020 marks the beginning of a trilogy of monthly consecutive Supermoons, on March 9th, April 8th, and May 7th, 2020.
A little over a year ago, a supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse in January 2019. The next supermoon with a lunar eclipse will be in May 2021.
The March moon is known as a Worm Moon, but the name is not dependent on being a supermoon. There is a Full Moon name for every month.
Wolf Moon – January
Snow Moon – February
Worm Moon – March
Pink Moon – April
Flower Moon – May
Strawberry Moon – June
Buck Moon – July
Sturgeon Moon – August
Harvest Moon – September or October
Full Corn Moon (Harvest) – September
Hunter’s Moon (Harvest) – October
Beaver Moon – November
Cold Moon – December
The Worm Moon is named for earthworms that start to come out after the end of winter.
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