The Worm Moon, the first full moon of spring, will light up the night sky this weekend.
March’s full moon reaches peak illumination at 1:50 P.M. CST on Sunday, March 28, however, it will appear full for about three days around this time, from Saturday morning through Monday night into early Tuesday morning, according to NASA.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name Worm Moon was originally thought to refer to the earthworms that appear as the soil warms in spring. This invites robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring!
An alternative explanation for this name comes from Captain Jonathan Carver, an 18th-century explorer, who wrote that this Moon name refers to a different sort of “worm”—beetle larvae—which begin to emerge from the thawing bark of trees and other winter hideouts at this time.
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PHOTO: The Moon, or supermoon, is seen as it rises behind the U.S. Capitol, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Washington, DC. A supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky