Spring Equinox 2019: Google Doodle Celebrates First Day Of Spring

Spring Equinox 2019: Google Doodle Celebrates First Day Of Spring

The term "worm moon" is typically given to the first full moon in March, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Also, it's a Super Moon, which means it's much brighter than usual because its orbit brings it closer to Earth during that time. The Spring Equinox doodle's reach extended to all of Europe, Asia and North America, including India, nearly all of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the first day of the season on Thursday.

The spring equinox signals that the Northern Hemisphere of the planet has begun slowly tilting toward the sun, leading to longer days and more sunlight, according to NASA.

Holi, a major festival in India that marks the start of spring, also begins on March 20 this year.

PAGASA said the phenomenon will be seen clearly as the weather is expected to be fair.

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

If you look up in the sky Wednesday night, you'll catch the super worm moon - and it'll be the last supermoon for a while.

Hence the name, equinox, which is derived from the Latin meaning equal night.

Today is the spring equinox, a magical time of the year when the hours of daylight roughly match the hours of night.

Along with the seasonal conditions, a supermoon, called the Worm Moon, will be present tonight.

"Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons".

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At the equinox, Earth's 23.5-degree axis is oriented such that the northern and southern hemispheres are receiving equal sunlight.

The Super Snow Moon lit up the sky last month.

When's the next big full moon?

The spring equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator.

The final supermoon of 2019 will be during the Worm Moon and four hours after the vernal equinox.

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The moon will reach its closest point to Earth - what's known as lunar perigee - on Tuesday at 3:47 p.m. ET, but the moon won't be completely full until Wednesday at 9:43 p.m. ET.

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