I have good news for a change! (ha)
You all need to step outside and check out the Full Moon. We’ve earned this view, after the rains and storms of yesterday. This is one of the prettiest Full Moons I’ve seen.
The March 2021 is the first Super Moon of the year, meaning that it’s just a big bigger looking than other Full Moons because it’s at its closest point in orbit. Well, it literally reaches that closest point on Tuesday but who’s really noticing? (ha)
This moon actually becomes completely full at 1:48 central time, but you’d never know it hadn’t already achieved that now.
As you probably know, Full Moons are named and this one is no exception. It is known by many as the Sugar Moon, as this month coincides with the beginning of the flow of Maple sap for Maple Syrup (that was your Sunday Story topic recently). Others call this the Worm Moon. That comes from the thawing of the ground and the movement of earthworms, signaling the return of Robins.
For the Jewish people, this full moon marks the beginning of the holiday of Passover, which commemorates being freed from slavery and being led out of Egypt by Moses. Passover officially begins at sunset on March 27, since in the Jewish calendar days are reckoned from sunset.
Full moons happen when the moon is exactly on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. We see the moon illuminated by the sun’s light, unless the moon’s orbit carries it within the shadow of the Earth, resulting in a lunar eclipse. This full moon will “miss” the Earth’s shadow, because the moon’s orbit is inclined five degrees with respect to the plane of the Earth’s orbit. That inclination is why we don’t have a lunar eclipse every month. If an astronaut were standing on the moon, from their perspective the sun would be directly overhead — it would be lunar noontime.
No matter what, a Full Moon is always a sight to behold.
Let’s just hope the “crazies” don’t get too crazy! (ha)