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March Worm Moon At About 98 Percent Full

on March 23, 2019 - 10:17am

The Worm Moon photographed at about 98 percent full at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 from White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

 
By NANCY ANN HIBBS
Los Alamos

The full moon in March is called the Worm Moon, and is usually considered the last full moon of winter. It also is called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon and Sap Moon.

Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons. In this case, the ground began to soften in March so that earthworms could appear, drawing more birds to feed, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. This moon is associated with spring for that reason.

This March's full moon also happens on the same day as the spring equinox, welcoming in the season. The last time these two things happened on the same day was March 1981.

The closest supermoon this year was in February.


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