If you missed last month’s supermoon, you still have one more chance to check one out for 2019. The last supermoon of the year will welcome spring tonight—but don’t miss it or you’ll have to wait a whole year for the next one!

Mar. 20 is a big day for Mother Nature. Not only does the Vernal Equinox mark the first day of spring, it’s also the last supermoon of 2019. The supermoon—which appears bigger and brighter than a normal moon—will be the first full moon of the spring season.

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“The equinox occurs when the Earth reaches a point in its orbit around the sun where the sun’s rays fall directly on the equator,” said AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuel. He added, “The equinox occurs when the Earth reaches a point in its orbit around the sun where the sun’s rays fall directly on the equator. Day and night will be roughly the exact same length across the entire globe.”

The supermoon will reach its peak at at 9:43 p.m. ET, just a a few short hours after the Vernal Equinox, which occurs at 5:58 p.m. ET. This is the closest the two events have come to each other since 2000.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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