This year’s second Super ‘Worm’ Moon will grace the skies this weekend – here’s everything you need to know

Stargazers will be in for a treat this weekend as this month’s full moon will also be a Super Moon.

Otherwise known as the Crow Moon, Sap Moon and Lenten Moon, the lunar spectacle will be visible across the UK for those in lockdown looking for an evening activity to keep themselves entertained at home.

To help you get the most out of your stargazing experience, Parkdean Resorts has shared a list of top tips for budding astronomers hoping to catch a glimpse of the Super Moon.

What is the Super Worm Moon?

The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon.

This is because ancient Native American tribes would use the full moon as a signal for the coming of spring as earthworms would start reappearing in the soil as the ground began to thaw.

It is also a Supermoon because it is at its closest to Earth, making it appear 14 per cent bigger and brighter than usual.



When is the Super Worm Moon?

In the evening of March 28th the UK will witness a Worm Moon at 7:48pm.

Top tips to see the Worm Moon

Either wrapped up warm in the garden or admiring the night sky from a window, here are some top tips for stargazing.

1. Get up high!

The further up you are, the better your chance of a clear sky to see the stars.

Take a hike in your local area and explore the surroundings to find the perfect stargazing spot. The further you are away from light pollution the better chance you’ll have of seeing the stars.

Moons always rise in the east and set in the west – so follow this direction in your search.

2. Turn off the lights

For those stargazing from the comfort of their homes, turning off the lights indoors can improve the visibility of the night sky.

Artificial light can make it harder to see stars in the sky so make sure wherever you are is as dark as possible.

3. Choose a night with clear skies

Choosing a night when clear skies are expected will allow for the best chances of seeing the stars.

Not only that, but planning the stargazing adventures for special celestial events such as the Worm Moon.

4. Research what you’re looking at

You can enhance the stargazing experience by doing some research online or downloading an app, such as Star Chart free on AR enabled Apple or Android devices.

Star Chart allows you to point the camera at the night sky and will tell you exactly what is up there.

5. Check online for the best chance of spotting the planets!

Websites such as Time and Date allows you to input your location, before generating information about when the planets are most visible.

With lots of helpful information about what’s in the universe, this is a great way to educate the family about the wonders of space.

Will you be stargazing this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below.



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