No prizes for guessing how February’s full “Snow Moon” got its name. It’s also known as the ‘Ice Moon’ or ‘Storm Moon’, but no matter what you call it, the full moon that rises each month is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in nature.
Not when it’s “above”, but when it appears on the horizon. A full moon high in the sky is too bright for him to see for more than a second (try it, it hurts!). As it gets a little higher, it becomes a calm yellow.
The physical phenomenon is much like a sunset or sunrise, but it only happens once a month. Sure, any moon can be seen rising over the sink in a similar color, but it’s most influential on nights when the moon is on the other side of the sun.
This has two effects. The full moon is on the other side of the sun, and not only can you see its entire face, but it is also the only night on the moon where the moon rises when the sun sets and sets when the sun rises. But it also rises and sets at dusk, making it even more impressive.
It’s also because of something called the “Moon Illusion”. For reasons that are not fully understood, the human brain interprets the moon as appearing larger on the horizon in light of trees and buildings.
That is, this month’s full moon apogee, resulting in a relatively small-looking (and perhaps a little darker) full moon. Apogee refers to the farthest point from Earth on the moon’s orbit, which is slightly elliptical.
This month will see a full “snow moon” full moon on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 18:28 UTC. From North America, it will be best visible that evening. moonrise at your location Because the full moon rises at dusk. There is no good coincidence between sunset and moonrise times in Europe, as the full moon rises in a sunlit sky (Sunday) or a dark sky (Monday). However, Mondays offer the best views.
Here are the exact times to see the ‘snow moon’ in February from some major cities, but check the exact times. Moonrise and moonset for your locationDon’t worry if you don’t see a full moon on the northeastern horizon at exactly these times. It will definitely appear later!
When to see the full moon in February from North America: Immediately after sunset on Sunday, February 5, 2023
Sunday night is the perfect opportunity to see the perfect ‘Snow Moon’ rising into the twilight sky over North America.
- Sunset in New York is at 5:11 PM ET and the moon rises at 5:17 PM ET (full moon moment is 1:30 PM ET).
- The sun sets in Los Angeles at 5:26 PM ET and the moon rises at 5:32 PM ET (full moon moment is 10:30 AM ET).
When will the February full moon be visible? Europe: just after sunset on Monday 6 February 2023
Saturday night is the perfect opportunity to see a perfect ‘snow moon’ rise in the twilight sky from Europe.
- The sun sets in London at 4:57 PM GMT and the moon rises at 5:36 PM GMT (the full moon is at 6:30 PM the night before).
When is the next full moon?
The next full moon after the “Snow Moon” is the “Warm Moon” on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
I wish you clear skies and wide eyes.