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 wormy 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 a whopping 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.
Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.