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!


The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac


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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.

Yes, worming during the full

Yes, worming during the full moon is the best time for your horses health. Here is an excellent product to consider.

I must say I did get a

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

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

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

Unless, they changed the

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

Yes, that is definitely an

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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

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You can not usually see a

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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