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.

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

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.

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 10:25 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.

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

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