The Full Worm Moon
When is the full Moon in March 2020? Here’s all you need to know about March’s Full Worm Moon—including Full Moon and New Moon phase dates.
Moon Phases for March 2020
All dates and times are Eastern Time. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state
|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, Native American and other traditional names for full Moons were used to track the seasons. Note that each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.
Traditionally, the Moon we see in March is called the Full Worm Moon. At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and 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 name was the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.
See all Full Moon names and their meanings.
An alternative name for March’s full Moon is the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.
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 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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