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Why is the full moon of February called the Snow Moon?

The February full moon is the second day of 2022 – and it’s called the Snow Moon.

But why is it called that, and when can you see it? Here’s what you need to know…

Watch out for the Full Moon in February

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Watch out for the Full Moon in FebruaryCredit: Times Newspaper Ltd
This year's winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is on December 21

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This year’s winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is on December 21Credit: Getty Images

Why is the full moon day of February called the Snow Moon?

The full moon of February is called the Snow Moon.

The name Moon comes from the old Farmer’s Almanac.

And that borrows from old Native American and Colonial American names passed down through tradition.

The name will represent the time of year and will help people keep track of the seasons.

The full moon of February is the Snow Moon because it is a generally cold and snowy time of year.

What is a full moon?

This phenomenon occurs when the earth is directly between the sun and the moon.

It happens every 29 and a half days, and the full moon of every month has a special name.

This is because the Native American tribes tracked the months of the year with lunar calendar.

When is the winter solstice 2022?

This year’s winter solstice, also known as midwinter, will occur on Wednesday, December 21.

Celebrations at Stonehenge will take place, with statutes, pagans and revelers taking part in a ceremony to mark the shortest day of the year.

The world “solstice” is derived from the Latin word solstitium meaning “stationary sun” because the apparent motion of the sun’s path either north or south stops before changing direction.

That is shortest day of the yearhas the least daylight and will produce the longest night.

Across Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse word Jul (or juul), which means wheel.

In the northern hemisphere, that’s when the North pole is facing away from the sun.

After the winter solstice, daylight hours in the UK will increase.

Full moon date 2022 – here’s the complete list

There are 12 full moons to be discovered in 2021, each with its own name.

Here is the complete list:

  • January 17 – Wolf Moon
  • February 16 – Snow Moon
  • March 18 – Worm Moon
  • April 16 – Pink Moon
  • May 16 – Full Moon
  • June 14 – Strawberry Moon
  • July 13 – Moon Buck
  • August 11 – Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10 – Harvest Moon
  • October 9 – Blood Moon
  • November 8 – Frost Moon
  • December 7 – Cold Moon

The next time there will be a Full Moon in February.

On May 29 every year, we see the full moon and the full moon day every month has a separate name

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On May 29 every year, we see the full moon and the full moon day every month has a separate nameCredit: Getty Images
The winter solstice marks when the sun is at its lowest point in the northern hemisphere

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The winter solstice marks when the sun is at its lowest point in the northern hemisphereCredit: Getty – Contributor
Sky watchers watched the total lunar eclipse when they noticed the beautiful Blood Moon

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8040066/december-full-moon-cold/ Why is the full moon of February called the Snow Moon?

Caroline Bleakley

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