Hey now! I hope this February Full Moon is finding you with abundant opportunity and infinite potential, options and inspiration. If you saw it last night after the snowfall, you know it was almost full and so bright, the reflection off the snow was dazzling!
Tonight, if you have the chance sometime overnight, go outside, even for just a few minutes, to gaze upon the glowing beauty and soak up some of those moon rays directly into your soul. Breathe deep, listen to the quiet and imagine life spectacular!
Continue reading below about the February Super Full Snow or Hunger Moon with insight from the Farmer’s Almanac and find my February Fitness Calendar here:
From the Farmer’s Almanac:
While January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow usually falls a month later. It’s only natural then, that the name for February’s moon among Native American tribes of the north and east was the Full Snow Moon.
Among the Micmac people of eastern Canada, the driving winds that often accompany February snows led the name Snow-Blinding Moon. Because this month’s typically harsh weather conditions made hunting very difficult, other common names for February’s Moon included the Hunger Moon, Bony Moon, and Little Famine Moon.
To the early American colonists, the optimal time for trapping beaver, fox, and mink, was the dead of winter, when these animals’ coats were at their fullest, so, to them, February’s moon was known as the Trapper’s Moon.
What Makes February’s Full Moon A Supermoon?
On Tuesday, February 19th at 4:00 a.m. EST, the Moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth for 2019, known as perigee. It will be 221,681 miles away, which is very close (the closest the Moon can get is 221,429 miles). Then, less than 7 hours later, at 10:54 a.m. EST, the Moon will officially turn 100% full. Because perigee occurs so close to when the Moon turns astronomically full, and the distance to Earth is very close, this Moon certainly earns the Supermoon moniker. Not only will February’s full Moon be the closest to Earth for the year, but it will also be the largest full Moon of 2019 and may appear as much as 14% larger and 30% brighter. So when you watch the Moon rise in the east Tuesday night, it should appear quite large, thanks to a phenomenon known as “Moon illusion.”