February Full Moon: Snow Moon in Northern Hemisphere

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The second full moon of 2021 in the northern hemisphere is called the snow moon. The February full moon that we know as the snow moon will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 3:17 AM at US Eastern Time.

Not to mention, in the earth’s northern areas, the full moon in this month is also known as the Storm Moon, Bony Moon, Hunger Moon, etc. On the contrary, for the people living in the southern hemisphere: let’s say for Australian or South African people, they call the full moon in the month of February the Sturgeon Moon.

Wanna know why different full moon names in the different hemisphere and many more interesting facts about the full moon in February 2021? I would recommend you to keep reading! Let’s dive right in!!!

Snow Moon Facts

This article is especially related to the February full moon name in accordance with the full moon calendar of the northern hemisphere.

However, if you wanna know about the full moon name in the month of February with respect to the southern hemisphere, You can check this article.


Why Different Full Moon Names in Different Hemisphere?

Well, without wasting any more time, let me give you the exact reason behind it. Just because there is an approx 6 months of seasonal difference, the people living above and below the equator use different full moon names.

When there is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, there is the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. Pic credit: Wikimedia Commons

Obviously, now you would be thinking that what could be the reason behind the seasonal difference between the two hemispheres?

Highly recommended: Full Moon Calendar 2021 (Dates & Names – Southern Hemisphere)

Just because the earth has an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees, there is a seasonal mismatch between the southern and the northern hemisphere. See the above image for proper understanding.

However, If you wanna know more about the earth’s tilt and how it affects the seasons on the earth, you can check this article. I can bet you will love this piece of article.


Different Full Moon Names for Northern Hemisphere

For millennia, ancient humans have used different seasons as a guide to track the different full moon phases. Or, you can say for millennia, humans have used the full moon phases to track the changing season. Just to clarify, seasons are not the only possible way to provide different full moon names.

I mean the names given to the various full moon phases are based upon a couple of different sources. In other words, different people have given different full moon names depending upon their native place or their cultural lifestyle.

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In fact, even mythological characters had played their role in the naming of the full moon phases. Out of all, the most famous, and, of course, widely acknowledged full moon names came from the tribes of native American culture.

As per the legends, in order to keep track of changing seasons, the Algonquin tribal people used to follow the lunar calendar rather than following the solar calendar. These full moon names were adopted by Colonial Americans and European settlers. Later with time, these names were integrated with the modern (Georgian calendar) calendar.


Full Moon Facts

Generally, there are 12 full moons in one year corresponding to each month. But, sometimes there are 13 full moons in a calendar year (like in the year 2020). In that case, the additional full moon is known as the blue moon.


February Full Moon: Snow Moon in Northern Hemisphere

In the northern hemisphere or the so-called western world, the full moon in February 2021 is known as the Full Snow Moon or Snow Moon named after snow on the ground.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, in the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver, who had visited with the Naudowessie (Dakota), wrote that the name used for this period was the Snow Moon, “because more snow commonly falls during this month than any other in the winter.”

Not to mention, this full moon will also be the last full moon before the occurrence of March Equinox in the northern hemisphere. The March Equinox i.e the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere will occur on Saturday, 20 March 2021.

Wolf Moon Facts

Did you know that about once in every 19 years, the month of February does not have a full moon? The last time this happened was in the year 2018.

In 2018, as there was no full moon in the month of February. Therefore, as a result, there were two full moons in the month of January as well as in the month of March.


Other Cultural Full Moon Names for February 2021 in Northern Hemisphere

Well, if you go somewhere away from your native place, you will see that local indigenous people have their own indigenous full moon names. For example:

  • In Indian Culture, the full moon in February is known as Magha Purnima. Not to mention, the full moon in Hindi is known as Purnima.
  • English Medival people call it a storm moon.
  • Chinese people call February full moon a Budding Moon.
  • Dakotah people call it the Moon of the Raccoon or Moon When Trees Pop.
  • Cherokee tribe people call it the Bony Moon.
  • Colonial American People call it the Trapper’s Moon.
  • Choctaw tribe people call it the Little Famine Moon, etc.

Must read: Hindu Full Moon Calendar 2021 (Purnima Dates, Names & Moon Sign)


When is the Next Full Moon in February 2021 in Northern Hemisphere?

The next full moon in the northern hemisphere will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 3:17 AM at US Eastern Time. It will be known as the full snow moon. Okay, for the northerners, it will be Snow Moon. And, for the southerner, it will be a Sturgeon Moon.

Not to mention, on this day, the moon will be in Virgo. At last, I wish you good luck with this epic moon gazing. And, do let me know about your amazing experience in the comment section.

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