March’s “Worm Moon”: What is it and when can you see it?

March’s full moon, also known as the “Worm Moon,” will shine brightly in the sky Tuesday evening.

It will be the last full moon of the winter, Bonddealmanak points out. This month’s full moon will look even bigger than usual when it’s near the horizon shortly after it rises.

Moonrise will be around 18. A Farmer’s Almanac web page shows specific times for different zip codes.

Some areas with rain in the forecast may have a chance to see a rare moon arc. It’s like a rainbow, but it happens when the moonlight breaks into raindrops. Moonbows can only be seen when the full moon is low in the sky, which happens hours after sunset.

The “Worm Moon” was this year preceded by the “Wolf Moon” and the “Snow Moon”. Next month, astronomy fans can keep an eye out for the full “Pink Moon”.

The name “Worm Moon” may have come from the earthworms typically found when spring approaches, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It may also derive from writings from the 1760s about worms or beetle larvae emerging from bark when trees thaw from winter.

March’s full moon also has the distinction of being the Mardi Gras moon, which comes before the vernal equinox on March 20.

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