Full Moon for March 2019

The Full Worm Moon

March 5, 2019
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In 2019, the full Moon of March rises on the same day as the vernal equinox—marking the start of spring! How fitting for what we call the “Full Worm Moon.” March also brings the final supermoon of 2019. Here’s all you need to know.

Super Moon on the Spring Equinox

The March full Moon is particularly special because it reaches its peak on the same day as the spring equinox, on March 20, 2019. The last time the full Moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (4 hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981!

This full Moon is also a supermoon, meaning the Moon will be nearly at its closest to Earth for the month of March. It’s the year’s third (and final) of three straight full supermoons. This means that the Moon may “appear” brighter and bigger than normal, provided the night sky is clear and dark.

The Full Moon and Easter

Did you know: Easter Sunday (in the Western Christian Church) ​​​​is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or just after the vernal equinox. 

Since the full Moon AND the vernal equinox both fall on March 20 this year (in North America, at least), you might expect that Easter Sunday would be on the following Sunday, March 24. 

However, for simplicity’s sake, the Church set a fixed date for the equinox, March 21. Additionally, the Church does not rely on the date of the astronomical full Moon, but rather the ecclesiastical full Moon, which occurs on the 14th day of the ecclesiastical lunar month. The date of the ecclesiastical full Moon may fall one to two days before the astronomical full Moon. Therefore, because the first full Moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter Sunday 2019 falls on Sunday, April 21! 

(This is not the first time the church’s “set” equinox and astronomy’s “moving” equinox affected Easter’s date; it last happened in 1981 and will happen again in 2038.)

Confused? Read more about how Easter’s date is determined.

Moon Phases for March 2019

All dates and times are Eastern Time. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
(Full Moon: 9:43 p.m. EDT, 8:43 p.m. CDT, 7:43 p.m. MDT, 6:43 p.m. PDT, 5:43 p.m. AKDT and 3:43 p.m. HST.)

New Moon: March 6, 11:04 A.M. EDT
First Quarter: March 14, 6:27 A.M. EDT
Full Moon: March 20, 9:43 P.M. EDT
Last Quarter: March 28, 12:10 A.M. EDT

Note: In Universal Time/England, the full moon comes on March 21 in case you calendar reflects this.)

March Full Moon Names

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.

Sap tapping Full Sap Moon
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 2019

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

For Planting

  • Aboveground crops: 15, 16
  • Belowground crops: 5, 23, 24

For Setting Eggs

  • 21, 22, 29

For Fishing

  • 6–20

See Best Days for more activities.

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

Source: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

2020 Almanac Calendar Club

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Unless, they changed the

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

Yes, that is definitely an

The Editors's picture

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

Danke you

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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