What to know about this weekend’s full snow moon

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The full moon of February, the Snow Moon, will be visible until Sunday morning February 28, 2021.Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

If you looked at the sky last night, you probably noticed that the moon seemed full. The February snow moon won’t actually be full until early Saturday morning, but it will look like this until Sunday morning, according to NASA’s Gordon Johnston, who does a monthly skywatch report.

The name of this month’s moon, derived from Native American traditions, refers to the heavy snowfall typically seen at this time of year – and the resulting difficulty in hunting. Its names include Snow Moon, Storm Moon, and Hunger Moon.

The full moon won’t be the only thing that shines in the sky this weekend. Johnston’s NASA blog describes a few other things sky watchers should be looking for.

  • Early Saturday, as morning twilight begins, the planet Mercury will appear just above the east-southeast horizon with the weaker planet Saturn appearing nearby. Soon after, Jupiter will rise in the same area, shining brighter than the other two planets – a very clear view of the horizon will be needed to see all three planets.
  • As evening twilight ends on Saturday, the only visible planet will be Mars, appearing above the west-southwest horizon. The closest bright star appearing directly above will be Capella – look for it above the northern horizon.

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