Sunday night’s Super Worm Moon is be the biggest and brightest moon of the year so far due to its proximity to earth – but you’ll need to get a wriggle on if you want to see it.
Worm Moon is the common name for March’s full moon because at the time it appears the ground begins to soften and worms appear, bringing robins and other birds for the start of spring.
The moon was 100 per cent full and at its brightest and biggest at 7.48pm BST last night.
Due to cloudy forecasts tonight some viewers missed the spectacle in all of its glory, however tonight is expected to bring clearer skies in the south and the moon will still be 99 per cent full.
A super moon: The satellite makes an impressive appearance in the clear skies above Gravesend, Kent
The so-called super worm moon was visible across large swathes of the planet, including here rising behind the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
The moon took on reddish hues when it was low in the sky over Istanbul tonight. Skies are expected to clear in the UK on Monday evening to give more people a chance for a similar sight
The super worm moon gets its name for the reappearance of worms coinciding with the March full moon, providing a feast for British garden birds. Here, the moon appears above the Karancs Hills in Hungary
A fine balancing act: The super worm moon appears to sit atop the Basra International Stadium in the southern Iraqi city
The full Worm Moon is seen over Bangkok’s skyline on March 28
The Super Worm Moon rising on a clear Saturday evening over Stoodley Pike, Todmorden, West Yorkshire. A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the Earth
The Worm Moon is named for the earthworms that begin to appear in March, when the soil begins to warm up, bringing robins and other birds for the start of spring. It will appear at its largest on Sunday evening
In addition to the Worm Moon tonight’s moon is also considered by some to be a supermoon.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the Earth.
There will be two additional supermoons this season – April 27, a ‘Pink Moon’ , and the ‘Flower Moon’ on May 26.
Neil Norman, an astronomer from Hadleigh, Suffolk, said ‘The name Worm Moon is taken from the North American Indian naming of the moons.
The Worm Moon setting on a clear Saturday morning over St Andrew’s Church in Sutton in the Isle, Cambridgeshire
A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the Earth
‘This one refers to the first full moon of spring and the thawing of the ground, and hence the worms beginning to surface again.
‘In southern Britain, at 19.48pm on March 28 the moon will be exactly full.
‘It is the first Super Moon of the year meaning that it is at full phase at its closest approach to Earth.
In southern Britain, at 19.48pm on March 28 the moon will be exactly full. Pictured: The Worm Moon is seen over Bangkok, Thailand
‘Very little difference in apparent size will be seen visually, but some photographers may like to image it and then use the same settings for the next normal full moon to make a comparison perhaps.’
He said to see the moon clearly it’s best to find a space away from light pollution, which is common in towns and cities.
And seek out a hilltop – the higher up you are, the easier it is to see the heavens clearly.