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Photo: Charles T. Peden (Shutterstock) Moon fans and casual lunar observers: If everything goes according to plan, the full moon in March will rise on Friday, March 18. Known as the Worm Moon, it will be brightest at around 3:20 a.m. ET. This is the last full moon before spring begins on March 22, and thus it marks the end of an interminable winter. Check out this handy moonrise and moonset calculator for moon info specific to your location. Why is March’s full moon called the Worm Moon? The March moon’s “Worm” moniker comes from Native American moon-namers. It refers to the softening soil that brings worms to the surface so birds and other animals can eat them. In other words, it’s a time where we celebrate the return to life that spring represents. Other indigenous groups called March’s moon “The Sugar Moon,” “The Sap Moon,” “Crow Comes Back Moon,” and “Sore Eyes Moon,” a reference to the blinding effect from reflected sunlight on melting snow. In the Christian world, March’s moon is known as the Lenten Moon, as long as it happens before the spring equinox. It’s call the Paschal Full Moon if it comes after. “Lent” is Middle English for “spring,” and gives its name to the period of sacrifice before Big Baby J rises again on Easter. My favorite name for March comes from the old Japanese lunar calendar. During the Yayoi period that began around 300 BC, they called March “ Yayoi ,” which means, […]