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Why is it called a snow moon? (And when you can see it)

The snow moon will be fully illuminated on February 5, peaking at 1:30 p.m. EST in the US.

Moonheads will probably want to check it out right before the peak on the night of February 4 or the evening of February 5, once it technically begins to wane.

Why is it called a snow moon?

The exact origin of the names of the full moons has been lost to history, but modern sources (and common sense) say that the snow moon gets its name from the fact that it often snows at this time of year. There is nothing special about the snow moon. It’s just a name.

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Each year’s 12 or 13 full moons are given fun, seasonal names like “harvest moon” or “hunter moon,” depending on what time of year they occur. The names are supposedly based on the activities associated with a particular time of year in some kind of pre-modern culture. However, a blue moon falls outside this schedule and is simply an extra moon in a given calendar month every two or three years.

In American popular culture, we attribute names for full moon to the Native American oral tradition, but there is no hard evidence that this connection is the actual origin of these names, and some also appear in ancient European traditions. However, we know that these names are still quite old. Some go all the way back to a 1710 edition of a magazine(Opens in a new window) called The British Apollo.

Why are some snow moons super?

Superheated stargazing news can add the “super” prefix to a moon name when the moon is at its “perigee” or closest to Earth, meaning it will appear slightly taller. This year’s snow moon isn’t great.

Why are some moons blood moons?

Lunar eclipses occur during a special alignment between the Moon, Earth, and Sun. Specifically, the event occurs when the moon and sun are exactly on opposite sides of our planet. The moon falls in the shadow of the earth. But some sunlight still sneaks through our planet’s atmosphere, resulting in a reddish color that reflects off the moon’s surface. So: “blood moon.”

This year’s snow moon is not a blood moon.

So to recap, a “super snow blood moon” would simply be a snow moon that happens to occur at the moon’s perigee and also coincides with a lunar eclipse.

What is even a full moon?

The moon appears to us in slivers and chunks we call “phases,” because we see it illuminated by the sun to varying degrees throughout its orbit. All these phases arise from the complex dance of the sun, the earth and the moon. The angle of the sunlight at any given phase can produce a fat “crescent” if most of the moon’s face – that is, the side facing us – appears illuminated, or a skinny “crescent”. when the sun hits less than half. .

However, a full moon – regardless of its name – occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun, or put another way, when we on earth are between the sun and the moon. When all three are more or less aligned, the side facing us is fully illuminated and appears full.

How can I see the moon?

To look up.

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