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How to see the penumbral lunar eclipse, March's full wormhole moon

How to see the penumbral lunar eclipse, March's full wormhole moon

Astronomy enthusiasts can view the unique Worm Moon this month as March's full moon rises during a penumbral lunar eclipse.

March's full moon will reach peak illumination at 1 a.m. ET on Monday, but will appear full until Tuesday morning, according to the British Daily Mail. NASA. Details of the Old Farmer's Almanac are specific Moonrise times For various zip codes throughout the United States.

When the full moon rises in the late evening of March 24 into the early morning hours of March 25, it will travel through Earth's penumbra — the faint outer part of its shadow — creating a penumbral eclipse.

What is a penumbral eclipse and where can it be seen?

the Penumbral eclipse It is one of three different types of lunar eclipse. There are also total lunar eclipses and partial lunar eclipses.

Penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible To all of North and South America, according to NASA. It's easy to miss if you don't know what's going on.

During the eclipse, the moon will dim ever so slightly for a few nightly hours. The Moon will begin to enter Earth's shadow at 12:53 a.m. ET. It will reach the point of greatest eclipse at 3:13 a.m., when 96% of the moon will be in partial shadow. The moon will emerge from the shadow at 5:32 AM

A collage shows the moon during a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 6, 2023, in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China.

Leo Dibben/VCG via Getty Images


The next lunar eclipse, a partial eclipse, will occur on September 18. It will be visible in parts of the Americas, Europe and Africa. Astronomy enthusiasts won't be able to see a total lunar eclipse until March next year.

Why is the full moon in March known as the worm moon?

Full moon names often come from seasons, historical crops, and the behavior of certain animals. the “Moon wormThe nickname may have come from the earthworms typically found as spring approaches, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The name may also refer to the worms, or beetle larvae, that emerge from the bark as trees thaw from the winter.

The March full moon also goes by several other names referring to animals, including the Eagle Moon, the Goose Moon, and the Crow Moon. It is also known as the Sugar Moon, the Moon of Strong Winds, and the Moon of Sore Eyes.

This year's March full moon is also known as the Easter full moon because it will be the first full moon of the spring.

Look up – what can you see in the sky this spring?

April will see one of the most anticipated events of the year – April 8th Total solar eclipse. The month also includes the Lyrid meteor shower, which will peak between April 21 and 22. Immediately afterward, April's full moon, known as the Pink Moon, will reach peak illumination on April 23.

May's full moon, or pink moon, reaches peak illumination on May 23.

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