Full Moon for March 2017

March Full Worm Moon

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Learn about the Full Moon for March, 2017 plus Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more.

The year’s highest and most dramatic Moon for small telescopes will be from the 4th through the 6th at nightfall, above Orion.

Spring begins with the equinox on Monday, the 20th at 6:29 A.M. (ET).

March Full Moon Names

March’s Full Moon is traditionally called the Full Worm Moon by the Native Americans who used the Moons to track the seasons; Colonial Americans also used these names, especially those of the local Algonquin tribes who lived between New England and Lake Superior.

At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. In some regions, this is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

Moon Phases for March 2017

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

First Quarter: March 5, 6:32 A.M.
Full Moon: March 12, 10:54 A.M. 
Last Quarter: March 20, 11:58 A.M. 
New Moon: March 27, 10:57 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see Full Moon Dates chart.

March Full Worm Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Worm Moon, Moon illusion, and when and why the Moon rides high or low. Click below to watch the video.

Best Days in March 2017

Below are the best days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in March.

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 6, 7
  • Belowground crops: 15-17, 25

For Setting Eggs:

  • 12-14

For Fishing:

  • 1-12, 27-31

See Best Days for more activities.

We invite you to share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!


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How days times & seasons go together as they used to do in Almanac of old , In a licensed Therapist busy working on people and Id love to know more about this. Doctors don't think such a thing but I do , and why not all things work together on this planet as we see. Thanks Dianna

crawfish moon

we call it the crawfish moon in south Louisiana, cause way late at nite you can see all the little crawfishes sticking there pinchers up in the air thinking that full moon is actually a headlite on a hungry Cajun looking for some vounteer's for a crawfish boil, may the Gumbo be with You,Les Bon ton roulee

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When is the next full Moon?

In 2017, the March full Moon is on the 12th. To see the next full Moon or full Moon dates in 2017, go to our Full Moon Dates calendar here: http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon

The Moons

I Love looking at the Full Moon when we have one - now I'll check when we have the next one. Thanks for the info from The Farmer's Almanac - love the recipes

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hi thanks for a relly informative page

It drives me crazy seeing all

It drives me crazy seeing all these websites saying that the Full Moon is called either the Worm Moon or the Crow Moon. No body knows how to research. So let me educate you all. The Full Moon is called the STORM MOON. It is called that because of the seasonal storms to come.

The Full Moon Names we use in

The Full Moon Names we use in the Almanac come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior. They are the names the Colonial Americans adapted most. Note that each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred. It might interest you that the August Full Moon has been called the Storm Moon in the Southern Hemisphere.

It drives me crazy hearing

It drives me crazy hearing people think that they know everything and just because someone has something different to say they must be wrong. The farmer's almanac has been around since Christ was a carpenter and have used these terms all that time. You may have different terms but they are using Algonquin terms which have probably been around longer than whoever made up your terms.

hello, The answer you are

The answer you are looking for is before the story of "Christ". The correct name for the full moon of March is the Chaste Moon. Your welcome.
Blessed Be!

The Farmers Almanac will

The Farmers Almanac will refer to the March full moon as names adapted from the northern Native American tribes because that is when snd where The Farmers Almanac was published. It hasnt been around since "Christ", it's been around since George Washington. It was published by Benjamin Franklin first as Poor Richard's Almanac and has been a seasonal go-to ever since. Of course Im sure there are many other religions and regions around the world that have the same concept of an almanac and have probably been around for way longer. But "The Farmer's Almanac" is only around 300 years old. Also the moon has many names :) so dont be upset when people refer to it by it's regional name. In many northern areas, this is what it's known by.

I've also been told full

I've also been told full moons are a great time to deform horses when scheduling. Seems I should wait until March 16th to deworm my horses this spring.

Yes, worming during the full

Yes, worming during the full moon is the best time for your horses health. Here is an excellent product to consider.

I must say I did get a

I must say I did get a chuckle about planting of crops, at least here in the North East, there is way to much snow, and we have had such cold weather that the ground is still frozen beneath the 2' of snow on the ground.

Planting days are also good

Planting days are also good for any "fertile" activity. I.E. if you are trying to land a new job, see if you can't get your interview planned for a planting day ;)

That would be a bluebird in

That would be a bluebird in your video, a cousin of the American Robin.

Unless, they changed the

Unless, they changed the picture in the video. That IS a robin!! NOT a bluebird.

Yes, that is definitely an

Yes, that is definitely an American robin shown in the video. I did not see any bluebirds. :-)

Are you delusional? There is

Are you delusional? There is no blue what so ever on that bird. It is clearly a robin. And it's chest is way to orange, blue birds have orange and white chest...

thank's for all the facts

thank's for all the facts about the moon!

Thank you for this

Thank you for this informative segment. I'll be sharing it around with some moon enthusiasts and photographer friends of mine.

Newmoon: March 22, 2012

Newmoon: March 22, 2012 astronomic Calender.
And the new moon when you can watch it with the naked eye? in Jerusalenm

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You can not usually see a

You can not usually see a "new Moon" because this is when the illuminated side of the Moon is pointed away from Earth. How soon you can see the "new" Moon depends on the Moon's orbit. (March is a good month.) If you have very clear viewing, you may be able to see the crescent Moon when it is 6% illuminated (about the third day) but judge for yourself! You can get a sense of the Moon phases on our full Moon calendar (though exact times are for North America only): http://www.almanac.com/moon/ca...

excellent segment

excellent segment

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