March’s Full Worm Moon weaves its way through a subtle lunar eclipse in stunning photos

By | March 26, 2024

March’s full moon, the Worm Moon, rose above Earth on Sunday, March 24, just two weeks before the total solar eclipse that will sweep across North America on April 8, 2024.

Not to be left out of the eclipse action, the Worm Moon featured a slightly less dramatic lunar eclipse. The moon disappeared into the Earth’s outer shadow, the penumbra, late Sunday evening and early Monday morning.

Skywatchers in North America and South America were in the best position to observe this warming penumbral eclipse for the main event of the total solar eclipse next month, but that didn’t stop skywatchers around the world from capturing stunning images of to capture the Worm Moon.

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Because the moon resides only in Earth’s lighter outer shadow during a penumbral solar eclipse, the effect of this event is a slight eclipse of our lunar companion. This means that this event can be difficult to see and capture in images.

NASA infographic shows the subtle difference between the moon normally and then during a penumbral eclipse

NASA infographic shows the subtle difference between the moon normally and then during a penumbral eclipse

The subtle nature of the penumbral eclipse didn’t stop Space.com reader Daniel McCartney from capturing it early Monday morning over Syracuse, New York.

“I thought I’d share a photo of the maximum penumbral lunar eclipse I took this morning over Syracuse, New York,” Daniel wrote.

a light shadow obscures the full moona light shadow obscures the full moon

a light shadow obscures the full moon

There was certainly no sign of the moon being obscured by Earth’s shadow as the Worm Moon made its way from behind the EdgeNYC Observation Deck at Hudson Yards in New York in an image captured from Hoboken, New Jersey.

a bright full moon behind a skyscrapera bright full moon behind a skyscraper

a bright full moon behind a skyscraper

The full Worm Moon took on a more muted yellow hue when captured behind the spire of the Empire State Building, also in New York City, as seen from Hoboken.

a spire atop a skyscraper overlaps the full moona spire atop a skyscraper overlaps the full moon

a spire atop a skyscraper overlaps the full moon

X user and proud New York resident Max Guliani captured images of the rising Worm Moon next to another famous city landmark: Manhattan’s two bridges, which cross the East River.

Max also imagined the March full moon rising between the buildings of 42nd Street in New York City, and shared the image on his X-feed.

San Francisco is home to a slightly more famous bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, which frames a cloud-shrouded, orange-glowing full moon in this stunning image.

a bright full moon over a red suspension bridgea bright full moon over a red suspension bridge

a bright full moon over a red suspension bridge

Back on X, amateur photographer and astronomy/science hobbyist Susan Snow posted an incredible time-lapse video of the Worm Moon rising over the trees in England.

The worm is turning!

It was initially believed that the name “Worm Moon” referred to the appearance of earthworms in the ground, inviting birds to land and feed and acting as a sign of approaching spring.

This idea, according to Almanac, has been challenged by historical research, which shows that “Worm Moon” actually refers to a different kind of “worm”: beetle larvae. these creatures begin to emerge in March as the bark of trees thaws, destroying their winter shelters.

There was nothing worm-like, whether beetle larvae or earthworms, about the full moon as it appeared in the sky over Istanbul, Turkiye, on March 24, 2024. The gigantic, fiery red full moon was trapped between the two spiers of the sky. Fatih Mosque.

The effect seen in this image almost mimics the red tint the moon takes on during a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the moon enters the darker inner region of Earth’s shadow, the umbra.

the full moon looks red as it rises behind a templethe full moon looks red as it rises behind a temple

the full moon looks red as it rises behind a temple

The nearly full moon was a slightly less intimidating sight for a cheerful bystander in L’Aquila, Italy, on Saturday evening.

a person spreads his arms and legs wide in front of the full moona person spreads his arms and legs wide in front of the full moon

a person spreads his arms and legs wide in front of the full moon

The Earth’s shadow wasn’t the only thing eclipsing the full moon on Sunday night. A plane inadvertently obscures a small portion of the full moon as it is captured over Istanbul, Turkiye.

the silhouette of an airplane can be seen in front of the full moonthe silhouette of an airplane can be seen in front of the full moon

the silhouette of an airplane can be seen in front of the full moon

X user Rami Ammounwho goes by the handle “@rami_astro” captured a stunningly clear image of the Worm Moon from Nashville, Tennesse.

TOP TELESCOPE CHOICE:

A Celestron telescope on a white backgroundA Celestron telescope on a white background

A Celestron telescope on a white background

Looking for a telescope to get a closer look at the features of the full Worm Moon? We recommend the Celestron Astro Fi 102 as the top choice in our best telescope for beginners guide. Don’t forget a moon filter!

In Tehatta, West Bengal, India, the Worm Moon was seen through the holes in leaves and branches on Sunday evening.

the bright full moon can be seen between the branches of a treethe bright full moon can be seen between the branches of a tree

the bright full moon can be seen between the branches of a tree

If these images of the Worm Moon make you as hungry as a spring robin and you’re hoping to get a view of the next full moon, you won’t have to wait long. Next month’s full moon, the Pink Moon, will rise on April 23, 2024.

If you want to get up close to the moon after seeing these incredible photos, our guides to the best telescopes and best binoculars are a good place to start.

And whether you want to image the moon or explore the night sky in general, check out our guide to photographing the moon, as well as our recommendations for the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography.

Editor’s Note: If you take a photo of the Wolf Moon and want to share it Space.com‘s readers, send your photo(s), comments, and your name and location to spacephotos@space.com.

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