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What is the worm supermoon and when can we see it | Digital Trends Spanish

According to NASA, March’s full moon, known as a worm moon, will peak at 3:18 a.m. ET this Friday. According to the government office, the Earth’s natural satellite will be seen in its full phase until Saturday morning.

This astronomical phenomenon corresponds to the third full moon of the year, when said celestial body reaches its maximum brightness. NASA also explains that this event occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth, specifically, 382,254 kilometers away.

Thus, this approach to our planet will allow it to be seen 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal conditions.

Name’s origin

The name worm moon or worm supermoon comes from ancient beliefs of American tribes that witnessed the appearance of worms just on these dates as a result of the melting and the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

In order for this astronomical phenomenon to be observed, all you have to do is settle in areas with clear skies and wait for the natural satellite to reach its maximum splendor in the last hours of the night.

The problem is that in order to appreciate it in the best possible way, specific implements that astronomers usually use will be needed. “Although the worm moon will appear slightly larger and brighter than the previous two moons of 2022, to the terrestrial observer without optical instruments it will look like a full moon. [fase lunar] average,” explains a National Geographic article.

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