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'Full worm supermoon' lights up the sky in stunning pictures



Skygazers are enjoying the 'full worm supermoon', the third and final supermoon of 201

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Photographers across the globe have been capturing stunning pictures of the supersize Moon

March's full moon was dubbed the 'full worm moon 'by Native Americans because it occurs at a time of year when the soil is softening, and the earthworm casts (worm manure) begin to reappear, according to Old Farmer's Almanac

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Supermoons happen when Moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full. “/>

The last supermoon of 2019 rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York, United States on March 20, 2019. “/>

The last supermoon of 2019 rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York, United States on March 20, 2019.
       (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

The phrase was coined in 1979, according to NASA. "When a full moon appears at the perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon-and that's where we get a 'supermoon', explains the space agency, on its website. full at 9:43 pm ET on March 20, according to EarthSky.

'SUPER SNOW MOON' STUNS AS THE BIGGEST SUPERMOON OF 2019 LIGHTS UP THE SKY This year full moon occurs less than four hours after March equinox, marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. ]

Space.com reports that the Moon has appeared full since March 19.

 The moon sets over the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston on the early morning of March 20, 2019.

of Boston on the early morning of March 20, 2019.
      

The Moon was closer to Earth

The Moon was closer to Earth during the Jan. 21, 2019, and Feb. 19, 2019, supermoons, when it was, respectively, 222,043 and 221,681 miles away. The average distance between Earth and Moon is 238,855 miles, according to Space.com.

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July 20, 2019 marks the

 An observation tower, left, and the broadcast tower of Antenna Hungaria at the top of Karancs mountain are backdropped by the rising moon as seen from the vicinity of the Karancskeszi village, 128 kms north-west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

An outlook tower, left, and the broadcast tower of Antenna Hungaria at the top of Karancs mountain are backdropped by the rising moon as seen from the vicinity of Karancskeszi village, 128 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
      

Earlier this year, for example, China became the first country to successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

Israel's unmanned Beresheet spacecraft was recently launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a historic mission to the Moon. Beresheet, which is the Hebrew word for "beginning," is expected to land on the lunar surface on April 11.

A Sculpture is silhouetted against a full moon in Brussels, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco) “/>

A sculpture is silhouetted against a full moon moon in Brussels, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco)
      

The U.S. is the only country to place astronauts on the Moon, having done so most recently in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. Only the 12 men, all Americans, have set foot on the Moon.

The Trump administration cited Moon missions and key element of the 2019 NASA budget. President Donald Trump wants US astronauts to return to Moon as a foundation for future Mars missions

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