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- This year’s full moon and snowy moon will reach peak illumination at 3:17 am on February 27, 2021 (Eastern Standard Time).
- The last full moon in winter is easy to see, with long and high arcs in the night sky.
- After experiencing several national blizzards, this year’s cold name is particularly meaningful.
In many parts of the country, this winter is one of the snowiest years in recent memory-the full moon of this month just happened to be in time.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the full moon snow moon peaked at 3:17 AM Eastern Time on Saturday, February 27. Although that is the exact moment, it will be the brightest and fullest, but the moon seems to be full throughout Sunday.
Like the wolf moon last month, the snow moon will imitate the trajectory of the summer sun, rising in the east near sunset, reaching its peak around midnight, and sinking to the west near dawn. Old Farmer’s Yearbook. Due to its height, the full moon should be easy to spot for casual observers-depending on the time of night, whether it looks in the sky or near the horizon.
Since it is the third and last full moon in winter, in the cold and windy last days of this season, the February moon is named after the snow covering the ground. February is the snowiest month in most of the country-after the historic snowstorms in Texas and beyond this month, “Snow Moon” has never been so suitable.
Other traditional names for the last full moon in winter include “hunger moon” and “flesh moon”. Old Farmer’s Yearbook Explain that hunting is the most difficult at this time of the year. (Unfortunately, the other nickname “Groundhog Moon” has nothing to do with Punxsutawney Phil, which rings on “Groundhog Day” every year in early February.)
Even with less than a month of winter left, it is not time to introduce swimsuits-the latest weather forecast shows that March is a cold month and April is a storm. But hey, Xueyue reminds us that regardless of the current temperature, the first day of spring (and the warmer weather that follows) is still on the way.
The next full moon, the Worm Moon, will occur on March 28, the week after the first day of spring.
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