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Monday's full moon is a snow moon

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM   |   Comments

Feb. 25 (UPI) -- From our point of view on Earth, the moon will be directly opposite the sun and fully illuminated at 3:26 p.m. EST. February's full moon is traditionally called the "Snow Moon" in North America because the heaviest snows of the year often fall in this month. This month's moon sometimes bears the name "Full Hunger Moon," because hunting is often difficult in February and food was scarce for tribal peoples.

Its Cree name is Cepizun, meaning “old moon.” Other names are Storm Moon and Candles Moon. In Hindi it is known as Magh Poornima. Its Buddhist name is Navam. The full moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.

"Using our observatory in the Canary Islands, we will explore the Full Snow Moon, sometimes known as the Hunger Moon, with fascinating stories by astronomer Bob Berman," Slooh president Patrick Paolucci told SPACE.com. A live webcast from the Slooh Space Camera begins at 3:30 EST.
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