Skywatch: Look for the Full Worm Supermoon this week

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Neptune has a date with the sun at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. That’s when the planet will undergo a solar conjunction. Simply put, Neptune will pass very close to the Sun as observed from Earth.

You won’t be able to see the show because the planet will be washed out in the Sun’s glare, but if you see the sunshine on Sunday morning, know that the ice giant isn’t far off.

Venus & Uranus Meet Up

Speaking of ice giants, the other one in our solar system, Uranus, will pass very close to Venus in the sky late Monday morning. Look for Venus in the western sky that evening. It’ll outshine all the other stars around it. Just below and right of it will be Uranus, you’ll need optical aid to find it. Venus will be in the western sky after sunset all week!

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The Full Worm Moon

The Full Moon officially arrives at 1:48 p.m. on Monday. This month’s Full Moon is known as the Full Worm Moon because this was traditionally the time of year that worm casts started showing back up. It’s also known as the Full Sap Moon.

Lunar Perigee

The Moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t a perfect circle, it’s actually an ellipse. As a result, there are times when the moon is closer to and farther away from our planet. When it’s closest to us, it’s called the lunar perigee. This will happen at 2:34 a.m. on Tuesday morning when the Moon will be only 221,905 miles from Earth.

Because this happens so close to the Full Moon, we can call this month’s Full Moon a supermoon! Look for the Full Worm Supermoon on Monday night. This will be the first for three supermoons to come. We’ll see one again in April & May. Happy hunting!