A full ‘worm’ supermoon is heading to a sky near you on Monday night. The moon’s distance to the Earth will be shortest at 1.48am on March 10, Hong Kong time. However, David Hui, a scientific officer at the Hong Kong Observatory, suggested it would look pretty much the same throughout the night.
A supermoon is a phenomenon in which the moon appears particularly large and bright because it is closer to Earth than normal. Any full moon that happens in March is also called a ‘worm’ moon because that is when the ground thaws after winter in colder countries, and earthworms begin to appear.
The clarity of the supermoon depends mostly on the weather and a cloudless night would be the most ideal scenario. According to the weather forecast, there will be a few rain and mist patches on Tuesday morning; and during the day, there will be sunny periods.
As for the location, Hui said people would be able to see the full moon everywhere in Hong Kong. “But if you want the moon to appear even bigger in photos, a tip would be to find some hills or buildings nearby, so the size of the moon could stand out even more in contrast,” said Hui.
The appearance of a supermoon isn’t rare at all, according to Hui. Every year, there are usually three consecutive months when it shows up. For this year, apart from the one on March 10, two more will take place on April 8 and May 7.