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Full Moon meaning: What is the meaning behind the Worm Moon's name?


Sunday, March 28, will see yet another Full Moon rise as the lunar satellite reaches peak luminosity. The Full Moon will reach its peak at 7.48pm on Sunday, although it will also appear full on March 29. The coming Full Moon is dubbed the Worm Moon.

What is the meaning behind the Worm Moon’s name?

The origin of the name Worm Moon has been lost to history, although there are several reasons why it may be called as such.

The most common explanation comes from native North American tribes.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, certain tribes dubbed it the Worm Moon as it was a time of the year when earthworms first surfaced.

As temperatures take a slight uptick coupled with spring drizzles, it is a time when earthworms begin to reappear and birds begin to feed on them.

Native North American tribes then associated the first worms of the year – a sign of spring – with the March Full Moon.

However, there is an alternative explanation for the origin of the name.

The Farmers’ Almanac said: “An alternative explanation for this name comes from Captain Jonathan Carver, an 18th-century explorer, who wrote that this Moon name refers to a different sort of ‘worm’ —beetle larvae—which begin to emerge from the thawing bark of trees and other winter hideouts at this time.”

There are also several other titles for the March Moon, although Worm Moon is the predominant name.

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The coming Worm Moon will also be a Supermoon.

On average, the Moon is 238,000 miles from Earth, but during a Supermoon the can be 221,000 miles away from our planet.

This is because the Moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle and is actually slightly oval.

Usually, only three or four Supermoons appear in a year.

What are the Full Moons of 2021?

January 28 – Wolf Moon

February 27 – Snow Moon

March 28 – Worm Moon

April 26 – Pink Moon

May 26 – Flower Moon

June 24 – Strawberry Moon

July 23 – Buck Moon

August 22 – Sturgeon Moon

September 20 – Corn Moon

October 20 – Harvest Moon

November 19 – Beaver Moon

December 18 – Cold Moon


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