The snow moon will shine bright on the night of Monday, February 18, 2019, even in areas where snow is not on the ground. But how did the moon get this nickname?
Every month there is a full moon when the sun illuminates the whole country of our heavenly neighbor.
Over the years each full moon was given a nickname that can often be related to the month in which it falls, such as time or plants that bloom.
Some pseudonyms are centuries old, dating from native American tribes or American colonial Americans settling in North America.
The moon rises above the western Swiss Alps observed by Monterey in the canton of Vale, on the eve of the full moon, Thursday, February 1, 2007 (KEYSTONE / Olivier Maire)
"Traditionally, the moon we see in February is called the Snow Moon due to the usual snowfall in February," says the Old Farmer's website.
The snow moon is just one of many aliases from the full moon in February of cultures around the world. Another common name is the "Bone Moon".
"The bone moon meant that there is so little food that people bite on bone and eat bone marrow soup," the old farmer's almanac reported.
The full moon of this February may look slightly different than in recent years as it will be the second of the three supermodels in 2019.
As the moon does not travel around the Earth in perfect circle, there are times when it is closer to the planet and times when it is farther away. When a full moon falls when the moon is closest to Earth, or near the perigue, it will look a little bigger and brighter than normal.
In recent years, this is usually called supermonm.
What is SuperMon?
The night moon is even colder than the original thought
People around the world can catch a full moon on Monday night, but will not officially be 100% full by 10:53 EST on February 19th.
People who miss the "super snow moon" can also catch it on Tuesday night as they will still look full in the night sky.
This will be the last full moon of the winter, as the next will fall only hours after the spring equinox on March 20th.
Editor's Note: February is the only month in which there may be no full moon. This happens every 19 years, most recently in 2018.
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