How to watch the March 2018 full 'worm' moon

Posted March 03, 2018

Rare moons are plentiful this season with March marking another unusual lunar event with a full worm moon and full blue moon both on the calendar. Actually, this year, there are two!

The first full moon will show up right on the first day off March. The two full moons of March seem to compensate for February.

Look out tonight at 7:51 PM (EST) to see the Full Worm Moon/Full Sap Moon shining brightly in the sky at its peak.

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New Moon: March 17, 9:12 A.M.

This full moon will reach peak fullness at 8:36 a.m. ET on March 31, so those who live where it will be light out at that time might have to wake up before sunrise to see the almost full blue moon.

This year, March will see two full moons– the first rose on Thursday, and the second will occur on March 31.

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The Farmers Almanac began using Native American names for the moon cycle in the 1930s, according to NASA.

"Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber", the reference site said. The moon is sometimes also called the "full sap moon" because it happens around the time that sap begins to flow. When a second full Moon occurs in March, it is called the Full Sap Moon. Firstly, during full worm moon, the moon will be in the constellation Leo at 13-degrees towards the eastern horizon where its illumination will be at its maximum. This lunar phase in March is called the Worm Moon, and the meaning behind the name is pretty significant in terms of our seasons. If the first full moon of March will show up on the first day of the month, the seconds one will appear on the last day of the month, creating a handsome symmetry.

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