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Worm Moon: March Full Moon Phases

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Our full Moon March 2016 guide gives you at-a-glance information: Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, Moon facts, folklore, and more!

Full Moon Names

March is the month of the Full Worm Moon

The Full Worm Moon was given its name by the Algonquin tribes from New England to 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 Phase Dates 2016

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

New Moon: March 8, 8:54 P.M.
First Quarter: March 15, 1:03 P.M.
Full Moon: March 23, 8:01 A.M. 
Last Quarter: March 31, 11:17 A.M. 

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

Full 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 rides low. Click below to watch video.

Best Days in March 2016

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

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 16, 17
  • Belowground crops: 26, 27

For Setting Eggs:

  • 22, 23

For Fishing:

  • 8–23

See Best Days for more activities.

Share your thoughts about this month's Moon below!


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It drives me crazy seeing all

By Raven Storm

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.

It drives me crazy hearing

By cseedo

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

By Lisa Nazz

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 Full Moon Names we use in

By Almanac Staff

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.

I've also been told full

By Debra Schroeder

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

By DarkOne7

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I must say I did get a

By zareks mom

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

By Ginger626

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

By hbunderw

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

Are you delusional? There is

By cseedo

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...

Unless, they changed the

By Jeanie Eaton

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

Yes, that is definitely an

By Almanac Staff

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

thank's for all the facts

By whsweeney08+

thank's for all the facts about the moon!

Thank you for this

By RyukyuMike

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

By Rosemeire

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

Danke you

you can see new moon report

By sower

you can see new moon report from israel here:

You can not usually see a

By Almanac Staff

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/calendar

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