The full moon this month rests in the constellation of Virgo. It is the first of three super moons in 2020 and is known in the Southern USA as the Worm Moon! This is due to the amount of earthworms present with the ground thawing. Of course, in Maine, it’s usually too early for us to start planting any seeds. In the Northern half of the US, we like to refer to the March full moon as the Sap Moon! It’s almost time to start tapping those trees to get that sweet sweet nectar. If you are looking for a good place to do this we love taking advantage of Maine Maple Sunday! Go to their site for a full list of farms taking part in this legendary super event!
If you’re feeling an overwhelming urge to organize some of the chaos in your life, we are right there with you. With a full moon in Virgo, you’ve likely been dreaming up wild fantasies and need to kick back into reality. A little bit of Spring cleaning might be just what you need to get control of things again.
What is a SUPER MOON? It happens several times a year when the Moon’s orbit brings it closer to Earth. It becomes about 14% larger in our night sky and can up to 30% brighter. Why isn’t the Moon’s orbit a perfect circle? Because of gravity! It’s not only Earth’s gravity that has a hold on our lunar beauty. The sun and all the planets have a gravitational force pushing and pulling on the moon.
If you’re lucky enough to watch the moon rise you will bear witness to the “moon illusion.” This is when the moon appears to be significantly bigger when it rises higher into our night sky. Scientists say that this has nothing to do with astronomy but instead on how our brains process these visual puzzles. Since the moon is closer to the horizon we can more easily compare the size of it to landmarks that are familiar to us. When it’s higher in the sky that distance and space make us think it is further away.
Check back soon to learn more about our night sky.