One of the biggest full moons of the year dazzled Capetonians on Monday 9 March as it lit up the night sky, radiating so brightly that the evening was almost as well-lit as the daytime.

The Super Worm Moon was the last full moon before the equinox, which typically takes place in late March.

A Supermoon take place when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to the Earth during its orbit, because of this it appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

The moon got its name due to its association with earthworms as March is generally when they begin to emerge in the Northern Hemisphere.

Although the Super Worm Moon was a sight to behold it is not the biggest full moon of the year. On April 8, the Pink Moon is anticipated to be the biggest of the year.

Check out some of the amazing pictures and videos taken by residents during the spectacular lunar show this week:


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One day I will complete #FullMoonHike 9th March = Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear, soon followed by the return of robins #cute . @challengecentralcc we could bolt this on? . #fullmoon #moon #astrology #wormmoon #capetown #trekking #hiking #walking #challenge #adventure #southafrica #supermoon #westerncape #capetown #lionshead #spring #challengecentral

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Full moon rising over Cape Town last night.

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