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Photos: This is 2019’s last supermoon, let’s all get on with our lives

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

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This is it, apparently. The last supermoon of 2019.

The super worm moon, if one just must.

They’ve been great, but now there won’t be any more.

The last of 2019’s three supermoons peaked over Europe earlier today (March 20) and will appear over the US tonight when the moon becomes visible.

While this is a beautiful, luminous way to ring in the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, we won’t be seeing any more of these for quite some time.

The next supermoon doesn’t come until Feb. 9, 2020.

We’re only in March and we’re all out of supermoons for the year. Or maybe we never had any supermoons to begin with, because they aren’t actually a thing.

The “supermoon” designation does not describe an actual astronomical phenomenon. It’s merely become a popular way to describe a full moon that coincides with when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to Earth.

Fear not: “Worm moon,” the traditional name given to a full moon in March, has some historical validity at least.

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Full moon rises next to the ancient castle of Mithymna Molyvos on the Greek island of Lesbos.
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The moon rises over the illuminated library of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia.
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A plane passes in front of the moon on the first day of spring in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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The moon rises behind the Independence Monument in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 20.
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A view of the moon in Budapest, Hungary.
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A view of the moon over the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
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A view of the full moon in Galicia, Spain.
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