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March's full worm moon will peak on Tuesday, March 7 says the Royal Observatory Greenwich as snow remains in forecast

The third full moon of the year is set to be visible from this afternoon if skies threatening snow allow for a clear view.

While we're all checking forecasts for signs of the white stuff, sky-gazers will be hoping that the worst of the predicted weather holds off to afford them a sighting of March's 'worm moon'.

March's full moon will peak on Tuesday. Image: Stock photo.
March's full moon will peak on Tuesday. Image: Stock photo.

Each full moon is given its own name by star-gazers which is closely associated with the seasons and time of year that full moon occurs.

According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich the full moon will be reaching its peak in the UK at around 12.40pm and should be clearly visible for a number of hours if clear skies going into the evening allow.

From strawberry moon to blue moon – each full moon in the calendar is given its own name with many of the choices thought to be related to the names indigenous American tribes use for the moon depending on the time of year and the season.

March's name – worm moon – is thought to refer not to a worm but actually beetle larvae which can begin to emerge from thawing bark in trees and from other winter shelters they've been hiding in from March as signs of spring begin to show.

April's full moon is called the Pink Moon
April's full moon is called the Pink Moon

While, for example, January's wolf moon is thought to take its name from an assumption that wolves are more likely to howl at the start of the year.

A yellow warning for ice and snow is currently in place across many parts of England as the Met Office predicts that an Arctic air mass is about to draw in a bitter cold snap for many.

The UKHSA is asking people to check on friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold.

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