Full Moon for March 2020

Spot the Full Worm Supermoon on March 9!

March 6, 2020
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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

When is the next full Moon? Consult our Full Moon Calendar to find out!

March Full Moon Names

Owl of the hollow tree,
Speaking mysteriously,
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.

► See all the full Moon names and meanings.

Sap tapping Full Sap 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.

For Planting

  • Aboveground crops: 4, 5, 31
  • Belowground crops: 21–23

For Setting Eggs

  • 10–12

For Fishing

  • 1–9, 24–31

See Best Days for more activities.

See more Full Moon Names and share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

Source: 

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac

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worms

Worms are an invasive species. What did you call the worm moon before they brought them over from Europe?

Worm Origins

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It’s thought that the “worms” originally referred to by the “Worm Moon” name were actually grubs and larvae native to eastern North America. After European colonists arrived and came up with their own interpretations of traditional Native American Moon names, earthworms became the subject of this name’s popular usage instead.

Moon and sun

Last evening about 530 — 600 pm. The sun was still up low in the sky,though, and moon was on the other side of the sky. How could they both be seen together like that...??

Idea for an article

I saw the name Full Sap Moon and was reading the comments like Anne (3/30/18) and wondered what other trees can be tapped. I remember an article about this once, somewhere, about a small tree or bush some people cut the tips of branches and bend them down to a bottle or jug rather than using a tap to "sugar" the tree. There seems to be any number of trees that can be sugared, that is tapped,....

Regarding Easter and the moon

This was so interesting a little complicated...I had to read it a couple times to get it in my head...but so interesting...I didn't or had not ever heard of how we get the date for Easter and I am Catholic. Thank you very much.

The other hemisphere?

What about those of us who live in the other hemisphere p!?
We’re heading into autumn (or fall I believe you folk call it)- how does this full moon relate!?
How do the names of the full moons relate to us here, or are they, like many of our experiences- ‘opposite’!?
Or is there a completely seperate list for the land down under!? :) :)
I’d really love to know!

Thanks
Fiona :)

Moon names for Southern Hemisphere

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Hi Fiona, That’s a very interesting question! I think it’s a first for us.The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a North American publication founded in 1792 when George Washington was president, so our Moon names come from a history of Colonialism and Europe heritage as well as the Native American influence.

So, it may be interesting to look at your early culture and especially consider the native peoples. Also, many of the Moon names are based on what’s happening in nature so you would want to look at some of the natural biological cycles in your region. I’m sure you have different plants and animals and weather!

Then again, you’re welcome to borrow the same names but “reverse” them. For example, if the Harvest Moon is nearest the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, then you could call your March Moon (nearest the vernal equinox) the Harvest Moon.

Keep in mind that many Moon names do not apply to all of the U.S. regions either since we immigrated from Britain and Europe and also first settled in the Northeast. For example, we call the June Moon the “Strawberry Moon” because early Americans harvested in June; however, people in the Southern U.S. will have already harvested in February. It’s just a nod to our heritage. And it’s a fun way to think about the lunar calendar!

Maple Sap Trees; Birch Trees;

Maple Sap Trees; Birch Trees; "Maple Sap produces Maple Syrup; Birch Trees = Birch Syrup;
I have not "tested" Birch Syrup yet; Maple Syrup is an excellent natural healthy sweetener:

time of the moon rise.

i'm on the beach and love watching rise out of the water... need a time chart for each night...

Moon phases

Before going to the dentist for any work, check the date of your appt to see what part of the body the moon sign is in. If in the head, do not have dental work done, it will not take... This has happened to me SEVERAL times and now I tell everyone who's going to the dentist!

moon in the head

what does that mean?

Man of Signs

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Parts of the body were traditionally associated with the signs of the zodiac (Aries, Virgo, etc.), represented by the Man of Signs. Currently, we are in the time of Aries (March 21–April 20), and because Aries is associated with the head, it is considered by some to be a bad time to have medical work done on the head (including the eyes, mouth, and so on).

Full Moons for March.

I was a missionary to Mexico for seven years and was amazed to learn and to also witness the farmers go by the moon to plant the seed in the spring.They kept an eye on the moon also to castrate the young male...now I don't recall how the moon looked when they could not castrate because either calf would bleed and or not bleed depending,I saw it worked everytime! Same thing happened when they put a post in the ground when fencing their fields! I learned so much how following the moon worked for these people that lived in desert mountains worked for them,I find myself going by the moon in my life, I follow farmers almanac.Sylvia Mendoza

Cutting hair by the moon

My Dad use to tell me this about the moon when I was young, like when to slaughter hogs, trimming the hedge. I also noticed as I got older that sometimes after a haircut it seemed to grow so fast and other times not so fast. Now I try to schedule my haircuts by the moon. Is there any validity to things thinking?

Hair

I have been getting my hair cut for years now with and without a full moon. Still have the same bald spot!

almanac and body aches & pains

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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Very interesting

Very interesting

was there a full moon 03 17 2017

Like to know

When is the next full Moon?

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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

not much

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

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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

hello,
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.

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