Sky watchers can once more get a rare chance to see 2 full moons during the same month. This phenomenon occurred in Jan 2018, and it’s happening everywhere again in March 2018, thanks to the not-so-circular lunar orbit and the short month of February.
If you happened to be searching for a full moon in February, you were out of luck. because the last full moon — a “blue moon” — appeared on January. thirty one and there are only twenty eight days in February, the next full moon will be shining in the night sky on thursday, March 1, skipping over the second month of the year.
Here are some facts about the 2 full moons in March, their traditional nicknames and when to see them in the sky.
This Thursday is a Full Worm Moon. So named by Native Americans for worm castings now visible above ground. And those robins-the harbingers of Spring-they build their nest with worm castings! #mothernatureforthewin @CampbellAPS @MsRoseTweets @OConnor4_5 pic.twitter.com/O0pkDyACdO
— Christy Przystawik (@CampbellOutside) February 27, 2018
If you live in the northern hemisphere, the full moon on March one are the last full moon of the winter season, which formally ends on March twenty, when spring arrives at 12:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
If you live in the southern hemisphere, the coming full moon are the final full moon of the summer season.
The full moon on Thursday, March 1, will rise in the eastern sky at 5:33 p.m. in new york city. it’ll set at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 2.
The “blue moon” on saturday, March 31, will rise in the eastern sky at 5:33 p.m. in new york city. it’ll set at 7:34 a.m. on Sunday, April 1.
Each year, the March full moon is thought by its old nickname, the “worm moon,” derived from native american tribes who tracked every season by paying attention to the full moon cycles.
How did they come up with this nickname?
According to the old Farmer’s Almanac: “At the time of this moon, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting the come back of robins and migrating birds — a real sign of spring. Roots begin to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber.”
Other nicknames for the March full moon
As is the case with every month, March has multiple nicknames for its full moon. although the full “worm moon” is the most common, some native tribes call this month’s full moon the “sap moon.”
That’s a reference to the time of year “when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins,” the old Farmer’s Almanac notes. Since this March has 2 full moons, the first one will be called the “worm moon” and the other will be called the “sap moon” additionally to being called a “blue moon.”
When 2 full moons seem during the same month, the second moon is usually called a “blue moon.” The nickname is believed to date back to an Old English expression meaning “rare.”
Even though blue moons seem an average of once each 2 to 3 years, 2018 is a very rare year, with 2 blue moons occurring simply 2 months apart — in Jan and in March. All because February had no full moon.
The last time our planet had no full moon in February was in 1999, according to Sky & Telescope magazine. prior to that, it happened in 1980. the next time this rare lunar cycle can occur, after Feb 2018, is in Feb 2037.