Following the trend of silly nicknames, tonight’s full moon, also known as a Worm Moon, a Crow Moon, and a Sugar Moon for all you maple tree enthusiasts (yay Canada), marks the final full moon of Winter (and this moon-ridden sentence thank the lunar gods). So what’s the big deal? It’s only been a month since the last historic lunar cycle took place, why does it seem like every other second there’s some new flavor of moon hanging out in the night sky? Well, for the second time this year, March’s lunar cycle includes a blue moon, a rare occasion indeed.
So why the funny names? Turns out there’s some real meaning behind it.
1). Worm Moon – The March 1st moon was first called such sometime in the 1930s by the Old Farmer’s Almanac to indicate the arrival of spring. If you live in a rural area, you might notice an abundance of earth worms appearing as the ground thaws.
2) Crow Moon – Unlike their southern neighbors, the Native Tribes of Northeastern United States referred to the Moon as such due to the cawing of crows, signalling the end of winter. A glacial event covered the northern part of North America some 12,000 years ago, rendering the earthworms extinct when the glaciers melted.
3) Full Sap Moon – Winter’s conclusion marks the time to tap maple trees. In this month’s case, the Full Sap Moon will occur at the end of March.
The March 1st “Worm Moon” will be best viewed around 7:51 PM ET where it will be at peak fullness. If you happen to miss it, fear not moon gazer, you’ll be able to see it shine in all its glory through Saturday morning. And I mean if you miss that, just tune back in at the end of March for the Blue Moon. It is the same Moon after all.