Despite the unappealing name, this month's full supermoon will be a gorgeous sight in the night sky.

By Jenny Krane
Updated March 12, 2019

Astrologers and moon enthusiasts have been lucky so far this year—we've already seen two supermoons before spring! Gear up for the third and final supermoon of the year on March 20, which comes with a big and bright nighttime display.

A supermoon occurs when our moon gets as close to Earth as it can. When a supermoon is in the sky, it appears larger and brighter than normal, granted it's a clear night. This full supermoon, also called the Full Worm Moon, is falling on the same day as the spring equinox for the first time since 1981. What better way to welcome spring than a huge, beautiful moon?

The name Full Worm Moon was given to this full moon because of the timing. When spring hits, the ground softens and earthworms get closer to the surface, which attracts symbolic spring birds like robins. An alternative name for this full moon is the Full Sap Moon since March is the time of year when sap from sugar maple trees starts to flow.

If you're into gardening by the moon, the Full Worm Moon can help determine the best time to plant crops. Based on the moon's phases, the Farmer's Almanac recommends planting aboveground crops on March 15 and 16 and belowground crops on March 5, 23, and 24.

You can see this year's Full Worm Moon on March 20 starting at 9:43 p.m. EST. Luckily, you can see it from anywhere—all you need to do to enjoy this natural phenomenon is go outside and look up!


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