Full Snow Moon Illuminates Tonight’s Night Sky

February 10, 2017

This evening’s [Feb 10] full moon is traditionally called the “Full Snow Moon”, and this year, there is also a penumbral eclipse of the moon. This is a very subtle kind of eclipse which may appear like a darker-than-usual moon.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. This name dates back to the Native Americans during Colonial times when the moons were a way of tracking the seasons.”

“On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.”

“A few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková will make its closest approach. This flyby marks the closest a comet has comet to the earth since 1983.”

Full Snow Moon penumbra lunar eclipse Bermuda, February 10 2017-1

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