What is a “worm moon”? it’s happening this week

(KDVR) – The next full moon is almost here, and it’s also a sign that spring is here.

The upcoming full moon, scheduled for March 18, is known as the “Worm Moon”, although it also goes by many other names – the Raven Moon, the Crust Moon and the Sap Moon, for to name a few. But whatever you call it, the full moon in March is an indicator of spring.

According to NASA, the Worm Moon got its name from Native American tribes in the south, who may have noticed the “castings of earthworms that appear when the ground thaws.” Another explanation, provided by the Old Farmer’s Almanac, suggests that the “worms” were actually beetle larvae that emerged from their shelters in cold weather in late winter, and “moon worm” is a misnomer. used by European settlers.

The other names of the moon – the raven moon, the sap moon, etc. – are derived from the names originally given to the moon by Native American tribes elsewhere in the Americas, to describe the natural phenomena that began to occur when the full moon appeared. .

The worm moon is expected to reach “peak illumination” on Friday, March 18 at 2:20 a.m., according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The vernal equinox follows on Sunday, March 20.


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