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Full Worm Moon Update – March 23, 2016 5:00 a.m. PDT

March 22, 2016

Here’s another update from SMBAS Blog on that large, disc-like, shining object which has frequently and mysteriously appeared in our nighttime sky this year (which the cognoscenti call the moon).

Crow Moon, Worm Moon (Skowfield & Powsky)

Crow Moon, Worm Moon
(Skowfield & Powzyk)

March 23, 5:00 a.m. PDT — Full Worm Moon.   In this month, the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins.   The more northern tribes called this the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time to tap maple trees, is another variation. Other names include the Chaste Moon and the Death Moon. Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter. In 2016 this is also the Paschal Full Moon; the first full moon of the spring season.

Note: Pacific Daylight Time started on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 AM (becoming 3 AM) and ends Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2 AM (becoming 1 AM).

The Paschal Moon is the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox (March 21). The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday, and so Easter falls on March 27. Simple, eh? Read this, and see if you still think it’s simple. And sometimes the Ecclesiastical Paschal Full Moon doesn’t fall on the actual full moon. Go figure. Really. Go figure.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a page for each full moon. Set your eggs on the 22nd & 23rd. Plant aboveground on 16th & 17th, belowground on 26th & 27th. Now you know, so you have no excuse.

Have a nice moon photo?  Send it to us at: misclists [AT] verizon [DOT] net, along with name to credit and time/location of photo.  [Infographic: Moon Phases & Lunar Cycles]

The next significant full moon will occur on April 21, 10:23 p.m. PDT.   Keep an eye on this spot for additional late-breaking news on this unprecedented event.

This information comes to you courtesy of:
written by Joe Rao.   Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y.

But that’s waaay too long to type in, and besides, you don’t need to go there because SMBAS has done the work for you!
[Chuck Almdale]

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