Full moon calendar 2023: When to see the next full moon

By Kimberly Hickok

Here are the dates for the full moons in 2023.

Full moon will be on Tuesday, March 7, at 7:40 a.m. EST (1240 GMT), but the moon will still appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual stargazer.

The March full moon is known as the Full Worm Moon, supposedly due to the  emergence of earthworms during its peak, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. According to the Ontario Native Literacy Project, the Ojibwe (or Anishinaabe) peoples of North America called the March full moon Ziissbaakdoke Giizas, the Sugar Moon, as it was when maple tree sap was harvested and also coincided with the Anishinaabe new year.

The full moon shows its face to Earth about once a month. Well, sort of.

Most of the time, the full moon isn’t perfectly full. We always see the same side of the moon, but part of it is in shadow, due to the moon’s rotation. Only when the moon, Earth and the sun are perfectly aligned is the moon 100% full, and that alignment produces a lunar eclipse.

And sometimes — once in a blue moon — the moon is full twice in a month (or four times in a season, depending on which definition you prefer).

You can prepare for the next full moon or eclipse with our guide on how to photograph a lunar eclipse, as well as how to photograph the moon with a camera in general, can help you make the most of the event. If you need imaging gear, consider our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography to make sure you’re ready for the next eclipse.

Read more at space.com