Full Moon March 2023: The Full Worm Moon

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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 between the Sun and the Moon, so the moon looks completely illuminated. It happens about once a month or 29.53 days on average, also called a  synodic month.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the March 2023 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.

Photo of the moon for the date of the the Full Worm Moon 2023, the March 2023 Full Moon

The dates and times provided by NASA in the United States Eastern Time are for 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. Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift 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 point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon will have a larger-than-usual appearance. There isn’t an official definition on the exact distance the moon needs to be to be called a supermoon. It’s approximately 360,000 kilometers or closer depending on the definition.

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 PhaseEastern Date & Time (US)UTC Date & Time
March Full MoonMarch 7, 2023 7:40 AM ESTMarch 7, 2023 12:40 PM UTC
March Last QuarterMarch 14, 2023 10:08 PM EDTMarch 15, 2023 2:08 AM UTC
March New MoonMarch 21, 2023 1:23 PM EDTMarch 21, 2023 5:23 PM UTC
March First QuarterMarch 28, 2023 10:32 PM EDTMarch 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.

YearDay of the weekFuture March Full Moons
2023TuesdayMarch 7, 2023 7:40 AM EST
2024MondayMarch 25, 2024 3:00 AM EDT
2025FridayMarch 14, 2025 2:55 AM EDT
2026TuesdayMarch 3, 2026 6:38 AM EST
2027MondayMarch 22, 2027 6:44 AM EDT
2028FridayMarch 10, 2028 8:06 PM EST
2029ThursdayMarch 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!

YearDay of the weekPast March Full Moons
2022FridayMarch 18, 2022 3:17 AM EDT
2021SundayMarch 28, 2021 2:48 PM EDT
2020MondayMarch 9, 2020 1:48 PM EDT
2019WednesdayMarch 20, 2019 9:43 PM EDT
2018SaturdayMarch 31, 2018 8:37 AM EDT (Blue Moon)
2018ThursdayMarch 1, 2018 7:51 PM EST
2017SundayMarch 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.

How many full moons will there be in March 2023?

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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Photo of the moon for the March 2023 Full Moon, the Full Worm Moon