Snow Moon Will Light Up The Sky This Weekend

February 2021 is ending with an astronomical treat for everyone — a full moon.

This weekend at precisely 3:17 a.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 27, watchers will be able to spot the full Snow Moon.

You don’t necessarily have to be awake at that hour to get a good look at the full Snow Moon because the moon will appear full both Friday and Saturday nights.

The Snow Moon gets its name because February is typically the snowiest month of the year, and that couldn’t be more true this year.

February brought colder than average temperatures to nearly the entire country.

Temperature anomaly map

February proved to be much colder than average for most of the country. Everywhere but the Southwest, Florida and Maine saw colder than average temperatures.

Parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest experienced temperatures 20 to 25 degrees colder than the average.

In addition to the cold, an exceptionally active weather pattern brought snow to most of the continental United States, from the Pacific Northwest down to Texas and up through the Northeast.

Snow depth in the United States in February 2021

Next month’s full moon is called the Worm Moon, and it will be the first of four supermoons in a row. They take place on March 28, April 27, May 26 and June 24.

Supermoons occur when the full moon happens during a point in the moon’s orbit when it’s closer to earth than it is on average. It isn’t a scientific term, but it’s exciting to see because the moon looks brighter and larger than usual.

Also in 2021, we’ll experience a total lunar eclipse on May 26 that’s best seen along the Pacific Rim. On June 10, a “ring of fire” annular eclipse takes place.

Are you looking forward to warmer weather?

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