Where and when can the Snow Moon, also known as February's micromoon, be observed?

Where and when can the Snow Moon, also known as February’s micromoon, be observed?

Attention astronomy enthusiasts: NASA reports that February’s full moon, also known as a micromoon, will be visible from Thursday evening until Sunday morning.

NASA reports that the Snow Moon, also known as February’s full moon, will reach its peak brightness at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. The Old Farmer’s Almanac provides moonrise times for various ZIP codes in the US.

to go outside and look up.

Using a telescope or binoculars can enhance the moon’s size and improve visibility of its surface, however, one does not require any specific equipment to view the full moon. NASA suggests simply stepping outside and gazing upwards.

Step outside and gaze at the sky.

Look up at the sky. Refer to local forecasts for specific details on the clarity of the night sky.

In February, the full moon will be the sole micromoon of the year.


What is the reason behind the nickname “Snow Moon” for the full moon in February?

The names given to full moons are often based on the time of year, important crops, and the actions of specific animals. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it is thought that the name “Snow Moon” for this month’s full moon is derived from the typically abundant snowfall in February.

The full moon in February is also referred to by various animal-related names such as Bald Eagle Moon, Ojibwe Bear Moon, Raccoon Moon, Groundhog Moon, and Goose Moon. It is also known as the Month of the Bony Moon and Hungry Moon due to the scarcity of food during this season in the past.

Prepare for the initial full moon of spring.

The Snow Moon marks the end of the winter season as it is the final full moon of this time period.

Spring starts21st

On March 19th, a few days prior to the 21st.Worm Moon

The full moon in March will reach its peak brightness on March 25. This year, it is referred to as the Paschal Full Moon because it is the first full moon of spring.

Aliza Chasan

Source: cbsnews.com