March full moon: when to see the 2022 worm moon

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March full moon: when to see the 2022 worm moon


The March full moon, known as the worm moon, will reach its peak at 3:18 am ET on Friday, March 18, according to NASA. It will appear full until Saturday morning.
This moon will appear larger to viewers due to the “moon illusion”, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. This occurs when the moon is close to the horizon and our eyes compare the size of the moon to trees, buildings, or other earthly objects. By comparing these landmarks to the moon, our brains lead us to think that the moon is larger.

According to NASA, Native American tribes in the south named the moonworm after the casts of earthworms – essentially faeces – that emerged when the ground thawed at the end of winter.

Another account in the Old Farmer’s Almanac says the name refers to beetle larvae that would emerge from winter hiding places with the arrival of spring.

Native American tribes of the north, however, lived in the forests with no native earthworms due to glaciers that had wiped out the species, according to NASA. Some of these groups instead referred to the moon as the crow’s moon, as a nod to birds whose cawing would mark the end of winter.

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In the Hindu month Phalguna, the full moon in March marks the start of the Holi Festival, a two-day celebration known as the “Festival of Love”, “Festival of Colors” and “Festival of Spring,” according to NASA.

There are nine full moons left in 2022, of which two qualify as supermoons. Here is a list of the remaining moons for 2022, according to the Farmers’ Almanac:
  • September 10: harvest moon
Although these are popular names associated with monthly full moons, the meaning of each can vary between Native American tribes.

Lunar and solar eclipses

There will be two total lunar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but only blocks some of its light. Make sure you wear proper eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as sunlight can be harmful to the eyes.

A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen by those in southern South America, the Southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Another on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, India and West China. None of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

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A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon when the sun, earth and moon align and the moon passes into the shadow of the earth. The Earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow and the shadow is the full, dark shadow.

When the full moon moves into the shadow of the Earth, it darkens, but does not disappear. Sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere illuminates the moon dramatically, causing it to turn red, which is why it is often referred to as a “blood moon”.

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rust-colored, brick-colored, or blood-red.

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This happens because blue light experiences more atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and projects it onto the moon.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America (except Northwest regions) between 9:31 PM ET on May 15 and 2:52 AM ET on May 16.

Another total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, Australia, Pacific, South America, and North America on November 8 between 3:01 am ET and 8:58 am ET, but the moon will set for those in eastern regions. of North America.

meteor showers

This year started with the Quadrantid meteor shower in January, but the next meteor shower won’t peak until April.
Here are the remaining 11 downpours to watch for in 2022:

• Lyrids: April 21-22

• Eta Aquariids: 4-5 May

• Aquariids of the southern delta: 29-30 July

• Alpha Capricornids: 30-31 July

• Perseids: 11-12 August

• Orionids: October 20-21

• Southern Taurids: 4-5 November

• Northern Taurids: 11-12 November

• Leonids: November 17-18

• Geminids: 13-14 December

• Ursidi: 21-22 December

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that is not read with city lights that will obstruct your view.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes, without looking at your phone or other electronic devices, to adjust to the darkness so that the meteors are easier to spot.


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