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Vancouverites share snaps of last night's supermoon (PHOTOS)

Residents of the Lower Mainland were treated to a dazzling lunar display last night as a supermoon illuminated partly cloudy skies. Known as the full "worm" moon, the March full moon gets its name from the time of year that it takes place.
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Photo Bob Kronbauer/Instagram

Residents of the Lower Mainland were treated to a dazzling lunar display last night as a supermoon illuminated partly cloudy skies. 

Known as the full "worm" moon, the March full moon gets its name from the time of year that it takes place. Since this full moon is the last one before the spring equinox, the name reflects the changing of the season. Specifically, the name refers to the time of year when birds begin to feast on earthworms that are pushing their way through the spring soil.

Since the worm moon qualified as a supermoon, it looked 15 per cent brighter and seven per cent bigger than a regular full moon due to its proximity to earth. 

EarthSky notes that astronomers usually refer to supermoons as perigean full moons — a term that simply refers to the moon being near earth.

Have a look at some of the best shots of last night's brilliant supermoon. 

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Photo Elana Shepert/Vancouver Is Awesome

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1164.2: moon setting over English Bay . . #vancouver #sunsetbeach #englishbay #morning #fullmoon

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Holy moly.

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