Anthony 7, Mom 55 and I 25 peaked out around 8 pm to gaze upon the beautiful snow moon that happens only once every 19 years.
The 'Snow' Moon is Coming Up and Here's What You Need to Know
You’ve heard of a blue moon, you’ve heard of a blood moon, but have you ever heard of a 'snow' moon? If you haven’t, you’ll get the chance to see one over North America’s night skies on Monday.
Since the lunar cycle is about 29 days long, February has no full moon once almost every 19 years. This year, the snow moon will be visible at 1:20 p.m. EST Monday, and maintain its full appearance into the night.
It’s called a snow moon because each full moon has a different name for the month it falls in. For February, it’s a snow moon since the second month of the year typically sees the highest snow average (January gives it close competition).
Moon names trace all the way back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S., according to the Farmers’ Almanac. Tribes made full moon names in order to help track the seasons and make each moon unique.
Another nickname for the full moon was ‘hunger’ moon. Tribes coined that name from the brutal weather conditions that made hunting near impossible, says Moon Connection.
'Bone' moon was also used since there was a shortage of food and people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.
2. Here comes the snow moon!
The full "snow" moon will be making an appearance in the night sky over North America on Monday evening.
Why is it called the snow moon? Each full moon has its own name, and in February it's often called the "snow" or "hunger" moon.
According to the Farmers' Almanac, full moon names date back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S.
"The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon," the almanac reports. "Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred."
Calling February's full moon the "snow" moon is right on target: On average, February is the USA's snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service. The Farmer's Almanac reports that some tribes referred to February's moon as the "hunger" moon, since harsh weather conditions made hunting very difficult.
About once every 19 years, February has no full moon. The lunar cycle is about 29 days, thus the year's only 28-day month sometimes misses out on a full moon.
Monday's full moon will occur at 1:20 p.m. ET, but the moon will still look full by the time the sun sets Monday evening.