Look around my neighborhood on a sunny March afternoon and you’d better be wearing sunglasses. Three to four feet of snow still covers the landscape and there’s more in the forecast for next week. What good fortune then that we have a full moon.
Like the namesake worms that emerge from the ground in warmer climes this month, the Full Worm Moon coaxes snowbound stargazers outdoors for a refreshing change in scenery. Since the time of full moon is in the middle of the day tomorrow (12:08 p.m. CDT), tonight’s moon will appear nearly as full as tomorrow night’s.
You’ll notice a difference in rising times however. The moon just prior to full rises shortly before sunset, while a moon a bit past full rises after sunset. Tonight’s moon rises while with the sun still shining very low in the west; sky light will temper its contrast and color compared to tomorrow night’s moonrise in a darker sky.
That’s not all bad. When taking photos of the full moon and surrounding countryside or cityscape, it’s important that the brightness of the moon and landscape balance out, so neither is overly bright or dark. This will be easier tonight with the moon higher up in a darkening sky. Tomorrow night, by the time the moon is up, the landscape will be darker and the interval of time when they balance out briefer.
On the other hand, the best time to get pictures of a full moon all squished from refraction at the horizon will be tomorrow night. It will stand out better around the time of moonrise because the sky will be darker compared to tonight.
For more lunar perspectives, check out my 10 way to enjoy the full moon.