March’s full Worm Moon will be a supermoon! Here’s all you need to know about the full Worm Moon—including why it’s called that and Moon phase dates for the month.
When to See the Full Moon in March 2020
March’s full Moon, called the full Worm Moon, reaches peak fullness at 1:48 P.M. EDT on Monday, March 9. Look for the spectacularly bright Moon as it rises above the horizon that evening or the night prior!
Why Is Called the Worm Moon?
This full Moon traditionally goes by the name Worm Moon, which refers to the fact that earthworms and grubs tend to emerge from their winter dormancy at this time of year, marking a sure sign of spring! Read more about March’s traditional Moon names below.
Super Worm Moon: The First Supermoon of the Year
This full Moon will also be the first of three supermoons in 2020—the other two occurring on April 7 and May 7. Thanks to its supermoon status, this year’s Worm Moon has been named the Super Worm Moon! Let’s just hope that the worms don’t take that to heart.
“Supermoon” is the popular nickname given to a full Moon that coincides with perigee, which is the point in the Moon’s orbit of Earth where it’s closest to our planet.
While at perigee, the full Moon appears a bit brighter and about 7% larger than a typical full Moon. However, don’t go out on the night of March 9 expecting to see a Moon that’s noticeably more massive. Unless you were to see them side by side, the differences between a supermoon and a regular full Moon can be very difficult to perceive!
Want to learn more about supermoons? Read our article about them here!
Moon Phases in March 2020
All dates and times listed here are Eastern Time. See our Moon Phase Calendar for local times.
|First Quarter: March 2, 2:57 P.M. EST|
|Full Moon: March 9, 1:48 P.M. EDT|
|Last Quarter: March 16, 5:34 A.M. EDT|
|New Moon: March 24, 5:28 A.M. EDT|
March Full Moon Names
Owl of the hollow tree,
When the Moon’s phantom light
Makes my dim chamber bright.
–Dorothea Maria Ogilvy, Scottish poet (1823–95)
Historically, full Moon names were used to track the seasons and, for this reason, often relate closely to nature. The Moon names that we use today stem from Native American and Colonial-era sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, rather than just the Moon itself.
The most well-known name for March’s full Moon is the Full Worm Moon. At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften and trees begin to thaw enough for worms, grubs, and other larvae to reappear, inviting robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring. Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber.
There are many alternative names for the March Moon. One such name was the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow. Other names included the Crow Moon and the Lenten Moon.
An alternative name for March’s full Moon is the Full Sap Moon. Sugar maples are tapped in late winter; sap buckets gather the sap, which is later turned into maple syrup!
March Full Worm Moon Video
Each month, we explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Worm Moon, Moon illusions, and when and why the Moon rides high or low in the sky. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in March 2020
Below are the best days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in March.
- Aboveground crops: 4, 5, 31
- Belowground crops: 21–23
For Setting Eggs
- 1–9, 24–31
See Best Days for more activities.
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