‘Supermoon’ to appear in Purim night sky

Moon will appear larger than usual on March 20 as Jews around the world celebrate Purim

By BEN BRESKY
March 3, 2019 17:53
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A "super moon" rises behind the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem looking towards Maale Adumim, November 14, 2016. (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

 
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A “supermoon” will appear in the night sky this year as Jews around the world celebrate Purim. This will be the third supermoon of the year, after the last two occurred in January and February.

The lunar phenomenon on the night of March 20 will coincide with both the spring equinox and Purim.

Because of the moon’s elliptical orbit, it will be closer to Earth at that time and appear larger than usual.

This month's supermoon is sometimes called a worm moon because, according to National Geographic, “This is when the ground begins to thaw and earthworms begin to appear.” The last time a full moon fell on the spring equinox was on March 20, 1981.




The previous supermoon occurred on February 19, and was referred to as a “super snow moon” due to the chilly weather that accompanied it.

Shushan Purim, which is celebrated in walled cities such as Jerusalem, will begin the next day, beginning the evening of March 21.

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