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When is it and how and where to see the worm moon?


Mar 2, 2023

There is less than a month left until spring arrives, which will happen on the 20th, and the 2023 lunar calendar leaves this month of March the third of the 13 full moons of the year.

Usually there is only one full moon per monthbut the year has a total of 365 or 366 days -depending on whether it is a leap year or not-, therefore it contains about 12.4 lunations, since each phase of the moon lasts approximately 7 days and the moon goes through 4 phases -full moon, new moon, waxing quarter and waning quarter-. To complete this cycle takes approximately 28 days.

Thus, depending on the fit of the lunar cycles in the calendar, there can be years in which there are 12 full moons and years in which there were 13. This is the case of 2023. And it is that in August there will be two: one on the 1st and another on the 31st.

last full moon of winter

The last full moon of winter will occur next Tuesday, March 7 from 1:40 p.m., under the sign of Virgo. The worm moon It is the name given to the full moon in the month of March -or the first of the month, if there are two- in the northern hemisphere. It is also known as the sugar moon or sap moon in some cultures.

It is also called the Lenten moon, because it is at this time of the year that precedes the Easter.

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The name worm moon comes from the ancient tradition of Native American tribes of naming each full moon based on events that occur during that particular month. In the case of the worm moon, the name comes from the fact that March is the month when snow and ice begin to melt, allowing earthworms to emerge and become food for migratory birds that They come back at this time of year.

On Wednesday, March 15, the moon will enter last quarter from 3:08 a.m. (under the sign of Sagittarius), on Tuesday the 21st there will be a new moon from 6:23 p.m. under the sign of Aries and on Wednesday the 29th the moon will be in the first quarter from 4:32 a.m. under the sign of Cancer.