The Full Worm Moon (or Full Crow Moon) will light up the skies today. It was also called the Sap Moon, as it's when the maple trees could be tapped to make syrup again after a long winter of frozen sap.

2020 has been a pretty impressive year till now as we have witnessed some impressive lunar events including February's full snow moon. And now, March is bringing us the biggest and brightest supermoon. Known as the Super Worm Moon, this celestial event also goes by other names such as Crow Moon, Sap Moon, and Lenten Moon.

It will make its appearance on 9th March 2020 at 1:48 P.M EDT. Being the last full moon of astronomical winter, this event is associated as the beginning of Spring, a time when earthworms come out and migrating birds return to their homes as temperatures begin to rise.

The worm moon, which is also a Supermoon, appears when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth, thereby making it appear larger and brighter than usual. Astronomer, Ed Bloomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich told Country Living, "In theory, you might be able to see this moon at the moment of becoming 'full' shortly before 6:00 pm in the evening, but only if you're blessed with a very flat horizon. Waiting for another hour or two to make things easier. This year, the Worm Moon is a 'super' moon. Because of the moon's elliptical orbit, its distance from the earth varies. In March, the orbit will be relatively close so the moon will seem slightly bigger in the sky."

The size of the Supermoons varies slightly in the night sky because Earth's satellite revolves in an elliptical orbit, making it look slightly bigger than usual, reported NASA. Astronomers use the term “perigean moon” when the moon is full and at the closest point in its orbit. NASA also said that a super moon appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the usual full moon, but that difference is barely visible with the naked eye. If you are planning to watch this celestial event on March 9, then you should keep in mind that the above stated time is for people who follow EST and it will be different for all the places across the globe.

While "worm moon" is the moon's most popular nickname, there are several other names for the last full moon of winter, including: the sugar moon, crow moon, crust moon and the corn moon.

Names Given to the Moon by Different Native American Tribes: Rain (Diegueno). Bud Moon (Kiowa). Eagle Moon,Rain Moon (Cree). Green Moon (Pima). Deer Moon (Natchez). Moon of Winds (Celtic). Lizard Moon (San Juan). Death Moon (Neo-Pagan). Wind Strong Moon (Taos). Amaolikkervik Moon(Inuit). Little Frog Moon (Omaha). Little Spring Moon (Creek). Crane Moon (Potawatomi). Long Days moon (Wishram). Big Famine Moon (Choctaw). Moose Hunter Moon (Abenali). Whispering Wind Moon (Hopi). Little Spring Moon (Muscokee). Fish Moon (Colonial American). Snow Sore Eyes Moon(Dakota). Catching Fish Moon (Agonquin). Snow Crust Moon (Anishnaabe). Spring Moon (Passamaquoddy). Much Lateness Moon (Mohawk). Chaste Moon (Medieval English). Buffalo Calf moon (Arapaho, Sioux). Seed (Dark Janic), Plow Moon (Full Janic). Strawberry, Windy Moon, Lenten Moon (Cherokee). Worm Moon, Sugar Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon. (Algonquin).


Responses to "Happy Full Crow Moon 2020: What You Need to Know About March's Full Moon"

  1. Jose M. says:

    Lately it seems there has been a full moon. I will keep my eye out for it tonight!

Write a comment