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February's full moon has been given a special name - but what does it mean? Sky watchers will be treated to a special astronomical event on February 19, when the Super Snow Moon lights up the evening sky.
The February full moon is a "supermoon" , which means the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth during its monthly elliptical orbit. The moon's closest approach will bring it within , kilometers , miles of the Earth, otherwise known as perigee.
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That's about 50, km 30, miles closer than it was two weeks ago, during the apogee, when it was , km , miles from the Earth. Tomorrow's full moon is being referred to as the Super Snow Moon.
That's because, as well as being a supermoon, it is also the Snow Moon. In early Native American tribes, the February full moon was known as the "Snow Moon" because the heaviest snow fell at this time of year. It was also sometimes called the Hunger Moon, because the snow made hunting difficult, or the Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing by night.
The more northern tribes of the north eastern United States knew it as the Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signalled the end of winter. Image: Getty Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice.
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Is February the Snowiest Month?
Give me many hours of useful information. Will southern ,miss, get snow this year This is exactly right on point. History does repeat itself … weather-wise! Be careful everyone and have fun shoveling! Interesting but the coming four full blood moon tetrads are much more interesting.