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Huge and beautiful, here is the "earthworm" Moon in the first full moon of spring

Tonight our natural satellite passed through the planet's twilight cone, in an almost perfect alignment between the Sun, Earth and Moon

03/25/2024

Last night saw the first full moon of spring, also known as the "earthworm moon" according to various farmers' almanacs. 

Such as the one in Maine - explains NASA - which gives its name to the earthworms that emerge when the soil warms up in spring. But there are also other interpretations. In 1760, Captain Jonathan Carver, visiting some Native American tribes, learned that the name could also refer to the beetle larva, which begins to emerge from the bark of trees used as winter hiding places.

In some areas of the Earth - including Europe, northeast Asia, Australia, Africa, North America and South America - tonight's Moon also appeared slightly dimmer than usual, due to the "

penumbral lunar eclipse

". Our natural satellite, in fact, saw the Sun's rays partially attenuated by the external area of ​​the shadow cone projected by the Earth, in an almost perfect alignment between the three celestial bodies.