This Snow Moon was the second in three consecutive Supermoons this year and will be followed a Super Worm Moon next month. Next month’s lunar spectacle will not be as large or as bright as the Snow Moon but it will mark another incredible lunar event. Much like the Snow Moon and Super Blood Wolf Moon in January, the Worm Moon takes its name from the Native Indian calendar.
As the season turns from Winter to Spring, worms would begin to emerge on the ground, thus giving March’s Full Moon its name.
The Worm Moon has also been called a Crow or Sap Moon by other tribes and cultures.
The more northern Native Indian tribes would call it a Crow Moon as the cawing of crows would signal the end of Winter.
Next month’s Super Worm Moon will grace the sky on March 20 as Stargazers around the world prepare for one final glimpse at a Super Moon.
In Europe it was also referred to as the Lenten Moon in as it corresponds with Lent.
The term Supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 but its use has only become popular in the last few years.
In accordance with his definition, there are only three Supermoons – in January, February and March – with February being the biggest and brightest.
A Supermoon appears 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than normal Full Moons to the naked eye.
The Super Blood Wolf Moon was the only one of the three to be a lunar eclipse.
January’s Supermoon turned red due to sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere being bent towards it.
Colours in the spectrum with shorter wavelengths are blocked and filtered away while those with longer wavelengths such as red and orange are able to pass through.
Unfortunately for Stargazers, they will not be able to see a Super Blue Worm Moon which refers to the second Full Moon of the month.
Of the Super Snow Moon, Tom Kerss, astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, told Express.co.uk: “February’s Full Moon – sometimes known as the Snow Moon – will occur very close to lunar perigee, with the closest approach between the Moon and the Earth occurring at 9.06am on Tuesday morning, and the moment of Full Moon at 3.53pm that afternoon.
“The discrepancy of under seven hours results in the nearest Full Moon to the Earth until December 2026.
“The event, occasionally called a Supermoon, will appear up to 16 percent brighter than the average value, although this relative brilliance is hard to detect, particularly as both January and March’s Full Moons are also occurring close to lunar perigee.”