The Worm Moon (and by some definitions, a super moon)

The moon, or gigantic moon, is seen rising behind the US Capitol Building, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Washington, DC. The giant moon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to the Earth. Credit: NASA / Joel Koski

The next full moon is the worm, crow, shell, sap, or sugar moon; Easter, Easter or Easter Moon; Moon holi festival; Medin or Madin Poya; Young Barat or Moon Night Blessings; And (by some definitions) a super moon.

The next full moon will be on the afternoon of Sunday, March 28, 2021, and appears opposite the sun on Earth’s longitude at 2:48 PM EST. This will be on Monday morning from the Indian time zone east to the International Date Line. The moon will appear full for about three days at this time, from Saturday morning through Monday evening until early Tuesday morning.

Moon rising behind the steeple of St. Dominic's Church

The moon, or gigantic moon, is seen rising behind the steeple of St. Dominic’s Church, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Washington, DC. The giant moon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to the Earth. Credit: NASA / Joel Koski

In the 1930s, Maine Farmer’s Almanac Almanac began publishing Native American names for the moon for every month of the year. According to this calendar, like the full moon in March, this is Crow, Crust, Sap, Sugar, or Worm Moon. Northern tribes in the northeastern United States knew this as Crow Moon, when the crouching of crows signaled the end of winter. Other northern names were Crust Moon, because snow cover becomes scaly from melt by day and freezes at night, or Sap (or Sugar) Moon because this is the time to tune in to maple trees. The tribes located in the south to the south were named the worm moon after the earthworm that appears when the earth melts. It stands to reason that only southern tribes shot this worm moon. When glaciers covered the northern part of North America, they wiped out the local earthworms. After melting these glaciers about 12,000 years ago, more boreal forests grew again without earthworms. Earthworms in these areas are now an invasive species introduced from Europe and Asia.

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In the Hebrew calendar, the months change with the advent of the new moon and the crescent falls in the middle of the lunar months. This full moon falls in the middle of April, which corresponds to Easter or Easter. Easter this year begins at sunset on March 27 and ends at nightfall on April 4, 2021.

In the Western Christian ecclesiastical calendar, this is the Easter Moon, by which the date of Easter is calculated. Easter is the Latin version of Easter. In general, Christian Easter, also called Easter, is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon in the spring. However, there are differences between the times of these astronomical events and the different calendars used by the Eastern and Western Churches. This is one of the years he’s making a difference. Western Christianity will celebrate Easter on Sunday 4 April 2021, the Sunday after the first full moon in spring. Eastern Christianity will celebrate the full moon the next day as the Easter Moon and Eastern Orthodox Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Updating the tradition of naming the moons after prominent phenomena related to the time of year, my friend Tom Van Wagner suggested two years ago to name this fossil moon. The driving may be less due to the pandemic, but in my area, at least, I haven’t found as many potholes this year as in previous years …

With a full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna, this moon corresponds to the festival of Holi, which celebrates the victory of good over evil and the beginning of spring. Among other things, Holi includes a free-for-all game that involves spraying colored powders and / or colored water on whoever is walking by. In 2021, Holly will be on March 28th and Holly on March 29th.

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Every moon is a holiday in Sri Lanka. This full moon is Medin or Madin Poya, marking the Buddha’s first visit to his father after his enlightenment.

In the Chinese lunar calendar, the months change as the new moon appears and full moons fall in the middle of the lunar months. This full moon falls in the middle of the second month of the Chinese calendar.

In the Islamic calendar, the months begin with the sighting of the first crescent shortly after New Moon. This full moon is near the middle of Shaban, before Ramadan and the eighth month of the calendar. Muslims celebrate the fifteenth day of Shaban in the popularity of Barat, or Night of Blessings. Shiite Muslims also celebrate this in the name of Mid-Sha`ban. This year Shab-e-Barat is expected to start at sunset on March 28 and end at sunset on March 29, 2021.

The term “super moon” was coined by astrologer Richard Knoll in 1979 and refers to a new moon or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its perigee, and is its closest approach to Earth. Superhero movies have become popular over the past few decades. Depending on how you interpret this definition, in a typical year there could be 2 to 4 full-super moons in a row and 2 to 4 new super-moons in a row. Since we cannot see a new moon (except where it blocks the sun), what catches the public’s attention are the giant full moons, with the full moon appearing near the largest and brightest moon each year. Different publications use slightly different thresholds to determine when a full moon is close enough to Earth to qualify as a giant moon. For 2021, some publications regard the four full moons from March to June, some of the three full moons from April to June, and some of them only two full moons in April and May as giant moons. The full moons of April and May are nearly related to the closest full moons of this year. A full moon on May 26, 2021 will be slightly closer to Earth than a full moon on April 26, 2021, but only by 0.04%!

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As usual, appropriate heavenly clothing is encouraged to celebrate in honor of the moon. See if you notice more crows capsizing, earthworms, or digging, and celebrate the start of spring, perhaps with some colorful displays (although I don’t recommend spraying strangers with color unless you’re in an area everyone expects because of it … Holly).

The super moon

Credit: NASA / Joel Koski

Supermoons 2021 – Identifying Supermoons

The term “super moon” was coined by astrologer Richard Knoll in 1979 and refers to a new moon or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its perigee, and is its closest approach to Earth.

Superhero movies have become popular over the past few decades. Depending on how you interpret this definition, in a typical year there could be 2 to 4 full-super moons in a row and 2 to 4 new super-moons in a row.

Since we cannot see a new moon (except where it blocks the sun), what catches the public’s attention are the giant full moons, with the full moon appearing near the largest and brightest moon each year.

Different publications use slightly different thresholds to determine when a full moon is close enough to Earth to qualify as a giant moon.

For 2021, some publications regard the four full moons from March to June, some of the three full moons from April to June, and some of them only two full moons in April and May as giant moons.

The full moons of April and May are nearly related to the closest full moons of this year. A full moon on May 26, 2021 will be slightly closer to Earth than a full moon on April 26, 2021, but only by 0.04%!

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Olga Dmitrieva

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