No prizes for guessing what February’s full “Snow Moon” is named for. It is also called the “Ice Moon” and the “Storm Moon,” but regardless of its popular name, there is no doubt that the rising of the full moon each month is one of the most beautiful places in the world. nature.
Not when it is “above,” but when it appears above. The full moon in the sky is too bright to look at for more than a second or so (try it—it hurts!), but the full moon is slowly revealed in the northeast during twilight. orange, then a muted yellow when it goes up a bit.
Physics is like a sunset or a sunrise, but regardless, it happens once a month. Of course, you can see any moon rising from the crater with the same color, but it has the strongest impact on the one lunar night when our satellite faces the Sun.
This has two effects. Not only is the full Moon facing the Sun, allowing us to see its entire face, but it is also the one night of the month when the Moon rises at sunset, and sets at sunrise. So the full Moon is “awake” all night, but it also rises and falls asleep at dusk, which makes it a more powerful sight to behold.
Another reason is because of something called the “moon illusion”. For reasons not fully understood, the human brain interprets the moon as looking larger when viewed from above, relative to trees and buildings.
Despite this full moon, the Moon appears in apogee, making it look like a smaller (and maybe even a little smaller) Full Moon. Apogee refers to the Moon being at its farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit, which is slightly elliptical.
This month’s full “Snow Moon” will be at 18:28 UTC on Sunday, February 5, 2023, universal time. From North America, it will be best seen that evening when the moon rises for your location because the full Moon will appear at dusk. From Europe there is no good difference between the time of sunset and sunrise, with the full Moon rising in a bright sky (Sunday) or a dark sky (Monday). However, Monday will provide the best view.
Here are the best times to see February’s “Snow Moon” from several key cities, but check the sunrise and sunset times for your location. If you don’t see the full Moon above the northeast horizon at this time, don’t worry. It will appear right after!
Time to see the February Full Moon from North America: just after sunset on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
Sunday evening offers the best chance to see the “Snow Moon” rising to the dark side over North America:
- In New York, sunset is at 5:11 pm EST and moonrise is at 5:17 pm EST (full Moon time is 1:30 pm EST).
- In Los Angeles, sunset is 5:26 pm EST and moonrise is 5:32 pm EST (full Moon time is 10:30 am EST).
Time to see the Full Moon in February from Europe: just after sunset on Monday, February 6, 2023
Saturday evening offers the best chance to see the “Snow Moon” rise into the dark sky as seen in Europe:
- In London, sunset is at 4:57 pm GMT, and moonrise is at 5:36 pm GMT (Full Moon at 6:30 pm the previous evening).
When is the next full moon?
The next full moon after the “Snow Moon” is the “Worm Moon” on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
I wish you clear skies and big eyes.