The Full Snow Moon or “Snow Moon’ is the traditional name of the moon that occurs in February in North America. Usually, February is a time for freezing cold and lots of snow, thus the name of the snow moon, hunger moon, Little Faminine moon, and the full bony moon, are some of the other traditional names this moon of February go by.
The Wishram Native Americans called this moon “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon”. The Zuni Native Americans referred to this moon as “No Snow In the Trails Moon”. The “Bone Moon” was the name given to this moon by the Cherokee. So little food was available that people gnased on bones and ate bone marrow soup that Bone Moon got its name.
The Snow Moon is very special. Lunar cycles are about 29 days long, so February has a full moon once about every 19 years. This moon will visiable from 1:20PM EST Monday, and will maintain its flourishing, beautiful full appearence throughout the night. It can be viewed throughout North America’s night sky provided clear skies remain. She’s going to be HUGE!
Personally, it is such a blessing to me that she will be out because it is my birthday today because I love moons plus it is also a great photographic opportunity as well. I won’t be able to the Full Snow Moon again until my 52nd birthday or thereabouts! Wow! Stay tuned tomorrow for some shots of it tonight. But here are some photos of the phases of the moon leading up to it tonight.