First supermoon of the year: 'Full Worm' moon debuts Monday

File photo (Claudio Divizia /

2020 will feature three "supermoons" this year. The first is coming our way early this week.

On Monday, March 9, the moon will reach peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EDT. You'll want to keep an eye out later Monday evening as the moon will appear very bright in the sky. The full moon on a supermoon appears about 7 percent bright & slightly larger.

Will we be able to see it? The forecast is calling for clouds developing later in the day on Monday, with a chance of rain. Hopefully, we see just enough breaks in the clouds to see this spectacular event!

Advertisement - Story continues below

The reason for the nickname "Worm Moon" is because this is the time of the year when the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear. As a result, many birds and other creatures that have worms in their diet will begin to feed and be more active in nature.

The moon has another nickname, the "Full Sap Moon", which is named after the time of the year when the sap of sugar maple starts to flow from the trees.

The other two supermoons will occur in April & May both of the seventh day of the month. They get the "supermoon" name from when a full Moon coincides with perigree, which is the point in the Moon's orbit of Earth where it's closet to the planet.

For more information on the March Full Worm Moon, click here.