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March's supermoon set to light up the night sky on Monday

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 08:57:30-05

March's supermoon is here and it is beautiful! It's called the Worm Moon, and CBS News says it peaks Monday night.

The last full moon of winter will reach peak fullness at 1:48 p.m., on Monday, March 9, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The moon will appear full from Sunday through Tuesday night, visible to skywatchers if the weather remains clear.

Native tribes in the northern and eastern U.S. named the full moon after the earthworm casts - fertilizer produced by the worms - that appear as the ground thaws ahead of spring, according to NASA.

"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," the Old Farmer's Almanac said.

The Worm Moon is the most widely-used nickname for March's full moon, but it's also known as the Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, and Lenten Moon, according to NASA.

There will be two additional supermoons this April and May. A supermoon occurs when the full moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it appear brighter and larger than normal, says CBS News .

Additionally, throughout the month of March, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible before dawn, NASA said.