February 2021 Full Moon Tonight Is A Snow Moon

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The Full Moon tonight is a Snow Moon because Full Moons in February are named Snow Moons.

What Time Does The February 2021 Snow Moon Occur?

On Florida’s east coast, the Snow Moon will rise over the Atlantic Ocean around 5:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the night of Friday, February 26, 2021, and set the following morning around 7:16 a.m., with some slight time variation (+/- 20 minutes) depending on the viewer’s exact location in Florida.

The Snow Moon will be technically at its fullest at 3:19 a.m. on Saturday morning with 99.8% illumination.

When is the best time to watch February’s Full Moon?

Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.

So, the Snow Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise.

Why is February’s Full Moon Named a Snow Moon?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans named February’s Full Moon a Snow Moon due to the heavy snowfall that occurs in the northeastern United States this time of year.

Other February Full Moon names include Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Moon, the Chinese Lantern Festival Moon, and the Full Moon of Tu B’Shevat.