Friday, March 02, 2007

Full Worm Moon - and Total Lunar Eclipse

Hi all:

For all you skywatchers out there, I continue my practice of informing you about each full moon. Here's the info. for March from

March's full moon will occur on March 3 at 6:17 p.m. EST.

It is called the Full Worm Moon. In this month the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this as 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 of tapping maple trees, is another variation.

In addition, a total lunar eclipse will take place on this night; the Moon will appear to rise while totally immersed (or nearly so) in the Earth’s shadow over the eastern United States. The rising Moon will be emerging from the shadow over the central United States, while over the Western U.S. the eclipse will be all but over by the time the Moon rises.

Alas, tomorrow's forecast for Southeastern Connecticut is partly cloudy, so we may not get to see the eclipse. I hope you can see it whereever you are!




C.J. Darlington said...

Ah! I missed this! Can't believe it. Shoot. I saw on the calendar the other day something about a partial solar eclipse in a couple weeks. Not sure if it's for the U.S. thought. I better check into it ...

hrh said...

Hey C.J., I missed it, too, even though I was looking for it!

There are too many trees in my area and the eclipse happened so soon after sunset that it was too low in the sky behind the trees for me to see. 'Course, I could've gotten in the car and driven to higher ground!

Some friends from church saw my blog in time though and saw the eclipse from their house! But they didn't take pictures!

I'll check into the partial solar coming up soon ...