EARTH – The March full moon, known to some as the Worm Moon, reached its peak at 10:05 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 5, and will again be seen shining brightly in the sky tonight, maybe disturbing sleep or perchance illuminating dreams.
Why is it called the Worm Moon?
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, thawing temperatures make room for worm casts to turn up on the ground, leaving the tempting treats to beckon birds’ return after a frigid winter away. Also known as the Full Crow Moon when the call of wild birds meant the end of winter, Full Crust Moon when the snow gets crusty after melting in the day and freezing and night, and the Full Sap Moon when it becomes time to tap the maple trees.
The Farmer’s Alamanac says settlers called this March moon the Lenten moon, as it was the last full moon of winter. There’s a theme, here.
Want to make a playlist with songs about full moons? A quick search on Google reveals a Full Moon website where the author has generously compiled a list of five songs from Sinatra to the Kinks for your listening pleasure. For more on the moon, check out this edu-taining NASA website and the Farmer’s Almanac.