The full moon is an astronomical pleasure, an unmissable event for lovers of the skies. The full moon occurs when the Earth is located in a straight line between the Sun and the Moon, leaving our satellite completely illuminated, showing the features of its surface in greater detail. The date to be framed in the March 2023 lunar calendar is next Tuesday, March 7, when the last full moon of winter, the Worm Moon, can be seen in all its splendor.
Why is it called Worm Moon? The origin of the names of the moons dates back to the Native Americans of the North and East of the United States, who for centuries baptized the full moons with different names, evoking an important event that coincides in each month. Thus we have the full moon of the wolf (January), of the snow (February), the full pink moon (April), of the sturgeon (August) or of the harvest (September).
In March, the special name of the full moon is the Worm, because, according to indigenous tradition, it appeared in the sky with its illuminated disc coinciding with the appearance of the first worms on the ground that was beginning to thaw. Also the larvae hidden in the trees began to make an appearance. That is, the first signs of the change of season were produced. Spring is just around the corner. For this reason, the full moon in March is also known as the Raven Moon, among other nomenclatures, since the squawk of this bird signals the end of winter.
According to the data from the astronomical agenda of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), the full moon of March 2023, the third of the 13 full moons this year, takes place on Tuesday the 7th. The moment this phase begins, with one side of the Moon totally illuminated by the Sun and with the satellite having completed half of the lunar month, it is at 1:40 p.m. and under the sign of Virgo. However, the full phase of the Moon will be visible on the nights before and after March 7.
To see the full moon it is not necessary to have a telescope, since our own eyes are enough to contemplate its magical lighting, even being able to distinguish certain features of its face. Of course, the use of binoculars allows you to appreciate more details of its surface.
The most important thing will be to situate ourselves at a high point, without obstacles and where there is little light pollution.
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