The Worm Moon Is Coming


When is the Worm Moon this year?

March's moon won't officially reach its zenith until Monday, March 9, but it will start to have that full-moon look when it rises in the sky Sunday night.

Here in the United Kingdom, the Moon will reach peak illumination shortly after moonrise, at about 5.47pm GMT.

A bright full moon rises at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. Way back when, full moons were used to track the seasons and for this reason related closely to nature. January's full moon is the wolf moon, February is the snow moon, and March is the worm moon. The total moon this month is nicknamed the worm moon. What does its name mean?

Moons are named after features in specific seasons they are typically associated with.

NASA blog did a deeper dive on the "worm" moniker: "The tribes more to the south called this the Worm Moon after the earthworm casts that appear as the ground thaws". "The more northern tribes of the northeastern United States knew this as the Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter".

It's also called the Lenten moon, crow moon, crust moon, chaste moon, sugar moon or sap moon, depending on where you live.

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A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

In astronomy, perigee is the lowest point in an orbit and the apogee is the highest point.

Super: This is in reference to this being a super-moon, meaning it will appear bigger and brighter than a normal full moon.

The full moon is seen as fans watch the global friendly football match between Argentina and Haiti at Boca Juniors' stadium La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, on May 29, 2018.

Even when it will be at its closest to Earth, our closest major satellite will still be 222,081 miles (357,405 km) away from us.

Although the Moon will appear somewhat closer to Earth the difference in size and brightness might be too vague for the naked eye to discern.