You've heard of supermoons, superblood moons, superblood wolfmoons, and even [metal voice] superblood wolf lunar moons. Now we have a new category of supermoon to add to this illustrious list. But we'll have to wait a bit longer for a superblood trexmonstermoon or superbloody pulsatingknifemoon. This Monday, you can catch a sight of a slightly more wriggly moon: the super worm moon.
The "supermoon" occurs when the full moon's elliptical orbit is closest to the earth (this is also called the "lunar perigee"). March’s full moon is known as the Worm Moon, because according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it's a marker that spring is here: "At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring. Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber." (An alternative name for this moon is the Full Sap Moon, because this is also the time of year "when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.")
They add that the full moon will rise this Monday, March 9th, and reach its peak at 1:48 p.m.—so you'll want to keep an eye out for it as it rises above the horizon in early evening that day. The first day of spring is on Thursday, March 19th, but considering that fact that we've barely had any winter this year, who is really counting.
The next full moon in April, which is known as the Full Pink Moon, will rise on April 7th at 10:35 p.m. You may already be familiar with the concept of the pink moon, since it was immortalized in song by Nick Drake. More recently, the superblood wolfmoon was turned into a solid chunk of meat-and-potatoes rock by none other than Pearl Jam, which you can hear below.