A full “snow moon” is about to be visible in the sky.
The bright full moon is set to rise on Monday night. And it will be known — at least to some — as the snow moon that occurs each February.
In America, each moon takes on its own name, usually decided by changes in the weather or the seasons. February’s full moon is named after snow since February is usually the year’s snowiest month, and it can also be referred to as the hunger moon since hunting is so hard.
Some of the more famous named moons include the harvest moon, which is the full moon that comes closest to the autumnal equinox.
In pictures: Super Blood Moon
In pictures: Super Blood Moon
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The super moon rises above Brighton, England
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Unlike events like the blood moon, the snow moon and similar moons are not scientific phenomena and the moon itself will not look unusual. Instead, they are a part of relatively recent American folklore, some of which at least claims to have come from or been influenced by Native American people.
In that tradition, each month is given its own name.
Because February is a day shorter than the lunar cycle, the month sometimes doesn’t have a moon at all. That comes about once in every 19 years.Reuse content