Monday 9, the Moon will dress up as a supermoon. The supermoon phase is something more than the usual full moon (or new moon). It nearly coincides with the closest point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth. The scientific name is a perigee-syzygy or a full Moon around perigee.
Full moons are traditionally associated with insomnia, insanity, and various magical phenomena such as the power to transform into an animal-like state, such as a werewolf. Psychologists have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon.
The full Moon goes by a lot of different names, depending on the month. The individual names for the full moon in march given in Farmers’ Almanac, include the following: Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Sap Moon, Crust Moon, Lenten Moon, Wind Moon.
This new moon, the second this year, can be thoroughly admired if you live in the Northern hemisphere. If you are a North American, you got the lucky straw. If you are a moon observer, if you prefer the stars, well, you won’t find the Moon’s outfit too elegant, as she will eclipse all the stars in the sky.
Enjoy this Monday’s Supermoon
Except for Spica and Arcturus. They will handle the Moons cry for attention and have exciting roles. The Moon won’t stop Monday, and she will saturate the night sky for another few nights so, be patient, or look for Spica and Arcturus.
Spica and Arcturus are parts of the Spring Triangle asterism, and by extension, also of the Great Diamond together with the star Cor Caroli.
Spica derives from Latin spīca Virginis (the virgin’s ear of wheat grain). Spica is the brightest object in the constellation Virgo and one of the 20 brightest stars in the night sky. It is located 250 light-years from the Sun. It is a spectroscopic binary star where the primary is a blue giant.
Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the fourth-brightest in the night sky, and the brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere. It is located at 36.7 light-years from the Sun, Arcturus is a red giant. It is an aging star around 7.1 billion years old that has used up its core hydrogen and moved off the main sequence.