Enjoy The Almost Full Moon Tonight While The Skies Are Clear

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Mar 272021

The March Full Moon peaks at 2:48 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.

This month’s full moon is known as the Worm Moon. The name originated with Native Americans, who knew well that about the time of that full moon the soil had thawed to the point that worms were coming to the surface when rain fell.

But the earthworms you might spot during the full moon on Sunday unlikely that they will come out if it’s too cold are not the same species the Native Americans were referencing.

The earthworms and nightcrawlers most of us are familiar with in our backyards and gardens are the descendants of European and Asian species introduced to North America in the soil around plants brought here by European settlers.

The full moon of March also is known as the Sap Moon or Sugar Moon in a nod to the time of year when the sap begins flowing in maple trees.

Although some Cree groups used the term Eagle Moon to describe the time around February, others used this term for the Moon cycle closer to spring. The Northern Ojibwe called this Crow Comes Back Moon. The term Goose Moon was used among Algonquin and Cree peoples. Snow Crust Moon was an Anishinaabe term. Wind Strong Moon (Pueblo) refers to the strong windy days that come at this time of year.


The Last Full Moon Of Winter Rises On Monday

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Mar 082020

This month’s full moon peaks at 1:48 p.m. on Monday, March 9.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the March moon is known as the full Worm Moon.

The Almanac said, “As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.”

Of course, we can disregard that one this year, since we pretty much had a snowless winter. 

A couple more names from the Almanac include: “The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it also was known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.”

Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful, sunny day, with the highest temperatures we’ve experienced in a while. Enjoy your day, and enjoy the beautiful full moon.




Finally Spring, And A Full Moon!

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Mar 202019

The crocuses have been popping up and robins are bopping around on lawns throughout Orange and surrounding towns.

It looks like the Groundhog was right, winter is gone and Spring is upon us!

According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, the word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night” — aequus (equal) and nox (night).

On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.

With the equinox, enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 p.m.


The vernal equinox marks the end of winter, and the start of spring and the Full Worm Moon is named after the earthworms that emerge at this time of year.

The Almanac goes on to say that the March full Moon is particularly special because it reaches its peak on the same day as the spring equinox, on March 20, 2019.

The last time the full Moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (4 hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981!

But that’s not all: March’s full Moon also will be a supermoon, meaning that it will be slightly larger than most of the other full Moons this year.

What an extra-bright way to greet spring!!