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Monday Night with Moon Duo: Supermoon, Full Snow Moon



On the night of Monday, 18 February 2019, the snow moon will shine brightly even in areas where there is no snow. But how did the moon get that nickname?

Every month there is a full moon as the sun illuminates the entire earth-facing side of our heavenly neighbor.

Over the years, each full moon has been nicknamed, often associated with the month in which it falls, such as the weather or the plants that bloom.

Some nicknames are centuries old and date back to Indian tribes or early colonial Americans settling in North America.

  Full moon in February February

The moon rises above the French Alps, as seen from Monthey in the canton of Valais, on the eve of the full moon, Thursday, February 1, 2007. (KEYSTONE / Olivier Maire) [19659008] "Tradition becomes the moon we see in February is called snow moon due to the usually heavy snowfall in February, "said the old farmer's almanac on his website.

The snow moon is just one of many nicknames that cultures from all over the world have bestowed on the full moon in February. Another common name is the "Bone Moon".

"The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bone and ate bone marrow soup," said the old farmer's almanac.

  Full Moon in February

The full moon this February may look a bit different than in previous years as it will be the second of three 2019 supermons.

Because the Moon is not orbiting Earth in orbit Perfect Circle, there are times when it is closer to the planet and farther away. When a full moon falls, when the moon is closest to the earth or the perigee, it appears slightly larger and brighter than normal.

In recent years this has been commonly referred to as Supermoon.


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People all over the world can catch the full moon on Monday night, but on February 19th, 10:53 EST (EST), it's officially not 100 percent full.

People who miss the "Super Snow Moon" can also catch it on Tuesday night as the night sky will still be full.

This will be the last full moon of winter as the next few hours after the spring equinox on March 20, there will be no full moon. This happens every 19 years, most recently in 2018.


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