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How to see the full ‘Worm Moon’ in the sky tonight

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Original article from Kent Live

Today (March 31) is the final day you will be able to see the full 'worm moon' in Kent's night sky in its full glory.

The full moon shone brightest on March 28, though it became a 'supermoon' on March 30, as it was closer than usual to the Earth – known as being at 'perigee' – appearing substantially larger in the night sky'.

With MetCheck forecasting clear skies for much of Kent overnight, and warm weather blessing the south east with some pleasantly warm evenings, there's no better time to get out to take a gaze out at the moon.

The name 'worm moon' is the subject of a lot of debate – as experts are unsure on where this unusual name actually comes from.

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NASA's theory is that the name originates from native American societies, specifically those who live in what is now the southern United States, due to the end of winter thawing process bringing earthworms back to the soil's surface.

Alternative theories include the idea that the name originates from the hatching of beetle larvae on tree bark at the beginning of spring, also caused by warming temperatures.

Other names originating from native American cultures include the "Sugar Moon", the "Wind-Strong Moon" and the "Sore-Eyes Moon", whilst it is referred to as the "Lenten Moon" or "Paschal Full Moon" by certain subsections of the Christian faith.

Regardless of where it got its name from, the Worm Moon will soon no longer be properly visible as a near-full moon, so take advantage of the warm, clear weather to take in the beautiful sight tonight.

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