Tonight’s Full Moon is the March Worm Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon. The Worm Moon is the last Full Moon of winter and its appearance heralds the imminent arrival of spring.
But tonight’s Full Moon is also special for another reason – it is the second of this year’s four Supermoons.
In popular astronomy, a Supermoon occurs when a Full Moon is within 90 percent of its lowest orbital point.
The spectacle results in a Full Moon that is slightly bigger and slightly brighter than on average.
This year’s Supermoons fall on February 9, March 9, April 8 and May 7.
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What time is the Full Moon tonight? What time is the Supermoon?
When viewed from the UK, the Moon will reach full illumination across from the Sun at about 5.57pm GMT.
The Moon will then reach its lowest orbit of the planet, the so-called lunar perigee, at about 6.30am on Tuesday.
But the good news is you will be able to enjoy the spectacle tonight because as Supermoon occurs as long as the Full Moon is within 90 percent of its perigee.
In London, the Moon will rise in the east-northeast skies at about 5.35pm GMT and set tomorrow on the western horizon at 7.13am GMT.
How to watch the Full Moon live online tonight?
Although the days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer, you still might want to stay home during the Full Moon.
Tonight’s Super Worm Moon is the first in a series of three Supermoons
The good news is there are at least two live broadcasts you can tune in to.
The first broadcast comes courtesy of the robotic telescope service Slooh.
Slooh typically requires a paid membership to use its telescopes and view its livestream but the Supermoon will be streamed on YouTube.
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You can click here to visit the livestream, which will be broadcast at 2am GMT tomorrow night.
Slooh said: “Supermoons are always popular events at Slooh.com where viewers can watch live streams from the high-powered telescopes Slooh members control every night at its canary Islands and Chile observatories.
“Tonight’s Super Worm Moon is the first in a series of three Supermoons.
“Slooh will also be covering April’s Super Pink Moon – the largest of the year – and May’s Super Flower Moon.”
The event will feature guest appearances from Slooh’s astronomers to discuss the science behind the Supermoon.
Alternatively, the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy will host its own broadcast tonight.
You can watch the Full Moon live stream here, via YouTube.
The stream will kick off at about 6.30pm GMT from the picturesque skyline of Rome.
The Virtual Telescope said: “We will admire our satellite rising above the breathtaking skyline of Rome, the Eternal City.
“It will be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the largest SuperMoon of the year with us!”
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