Full Moon March 2023: The Full Worm Moon
Mark your calendars for the next March 2023 Full Moon! The next March full moon is Tuesday March 7, 2023 7:40 AM EST or 12:40 PM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the third full moon on the 2023 full moon calendar.
A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated when you look at it. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.
Ready to dive a little deeper into the March 2023 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.
The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time (ET) account for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.
When is the full moon in March 2023?
The full moon in March will be on Tuesday March 7, 2023 7:40 AM EST or 12:40 PM UTC. The March 7th full moon will be the third full moon of 2023 and the full moon in Virgo.
What is the name of the March 2023 Full Moon?
The name of the March 2023 full moon is the Full Worm Moon. This full moon name is inspired by the time of the year when the earthworms start to reappear as the grown thaws at the end of the winter. The birds start to come back as spring approaches, with the Spring Equinox that happens each year towards the end of March.
Other nicknames for the March Full Moon include: Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Lenten Moon.
Which season includes the March Full Moon?
In 2023, the March Full Moon will be the third full moon of the winter 2022-2023 season. It will be the third and last full moon after the Winter Solstice in 2022.
The Vernal or Spring equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring and the end of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
In 2023, the Vernal Equinox will be Monday March 20, 2023 5:25 PM EDT or 9:25 PM UTC.
Depending on the year, the Full Worm Moon could occur either at the end of Winter or the beginning of Spring. In 2023 it will be part of the Winter season.
When is the new moon for the 2023 Full Worm Moon?
The lunar cycle for the March Full Moon will begin with its new moon in February 2023. The New Worm Moon will be on Monday February 20, 2023 2:06 AM EST or 7:06 AM UTC and will be in the new moon in Pisces. It will also be a supermoon.
The new moon that will occur in March 2023 will be the start of the lunar cycle of the April full moon.
Will there be a full supermoon in March 2023?
No, the full moon in March 2023 will not be a full supermoon as it will be more than 360,000 kilometers away during the peak of the full moon. The year will have 2 supermoons in August and 2 additional full supermoons depending on the definition you use.
A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon has a larger-than-usual appearance when you look at it. There isn’t an official definition for how close the moon needs to be to the earth to be considered a supermoon. For the purposes of this site, we’ll follow the Timeanddate.com definition using moons less than 360,000 kilometers from the Earth.
Will there be a lunar eclipse during the March Full Moon?
No there will not be a lunar eclipse during the full moon in March 2023. In the future, there will be an eclipse during the first full moon of the year.
In 2023 there will be two lunar eclipses during the year. The May Full Moon will have a penumbral lunar eclipse and there will be a partial lunar eclipse during the October Full Moon.
March 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC
Below are the lunar phases for March 2023 including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that are on the schedule for each month. The date and times are based on both the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.
|Lunar Phase||Eastern Date & Time (US)||UTC Date & Time|
|March Full Moon||March 7, 2023 7:40 AM EST||March 7, 2023 12:40 PM UTC|
|March Last Quarter||March 14, 2023 10:08 PM EDT||March 15, 2023 2:08 AM UTC|
|March New Moon||March 21, 2023 1:23 PM EDT||March 21, 2023 5:23 PM UTC|
|March First Quarter||March 28, 2023 10:32 PM EDT||March 29, 2023 2:32 AM UTC|
Future March Full Moons
Wondering about March in the future and when the full moons will occur? Here’s a list for the next few years.
|Year||Day of the week||Future March Full Moons|
|2023||Tuesday||March 7, 2023 7:40 AM EST|
|2024||Monday||March 25, 2024 3:00 AM EDT|
|2025||Friday||March 14, 2025 2:55 AM EDT|
|2026||Tuesday||March 3, 2026 6:38 AM EST|
|2027||Monday||March 22, 2027 6:44 AM EDT|
|2028||Friday||March 10, 2028 8:06 PM EST|
|2029||Thursday||March 29, 2029 10:26 PM EDT|
Past March Full Moons
And what about the past? Here is when the full moon occurred in the past for March.
In 2018, there was a blue moon in March. The full moons occurred on the 1st and 31st of the month!
|Year||Day of the week||Past March Full Moons|
|2022||Friday||March 18, 2022 3:17 AM EDT|
|2021||Sunday||March 28, 2021 2:48 PM EDT|
|2020||Monday||March 9, 2020 1:48 PM EDT|
|2019||Wednesday||March 20, 2019 9:43 PM EDT|
|2018||Saturday||March 31, 2018 8:37 AM EDT (Blue Moon)|
|2018||Thursday||March 1, 2018 7:51 PM EST|
|2017||Sunday||March 12, 2017 10:54 AM EDT|
Frequently Asked Questions
Have additional questions about the March Full Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.
In 2023, there will be one full moon in March. The March Full Moon will be on Tuesday March 7, 2023 7:40 AM EST or 12:40 PM UTC. There are other years with 2 full moons, with the second called a blue moon, but not for 2023.
Future Full Moon Calendars
And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.
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