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Along with sunny, summer-like weather, the first day of spring appears to have an extra special treat in store for Metro Vancouverites: the final super moon of 2019. It will be the first time in almost 40 years that the full moon has coincided so closely with the vernal equinox, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

A "super moon" refers to the point when the moon is closest to Earth while simultaneously reaching its full-moon phase.

However, according to the Almanac, most people won't be able to spot the difference between most super moons and typical full moons.

Spring officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere early Wednesday evening at 5:58 p.m.

The moon will appear very bright through binoculars or a small telescope, making it hard to see any details on the moon's surface. March's full moon also happens on the same day as the spring equinox, welcoming in the season. It's also the first supermoon in almost 20 years to fall near the spring equinox.

As with all celestial events, it pays to be away from bright city lights which have a tendency to pollute the night sky.

March 2019 phases of the moon. /YouTube
March 2019 phases of the moon. /YouTube

March's full moon is also known as the Full Worm Moon.

Full moons in March have many names, including some drawn from Native American customs. In fact, it can appear as much as 30 percent brighter than normal.

AccuWeather reports the next supermoon isn't set to rise until february 9, 2020. The asteroid, called 2019 EA2, will be even closer to Earth than the moon, according to the Minor Planet Center .

The last super moon of the year is nearly here!

The arrival of spring and the supermoon will also almost coincide with an asteroid passing close to Earth, according to the Minor Planet Center.


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