February Full Moon: Sturgeon Moon in Southern Hemisphere

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The second full moon of 2021 in the southern hemisphere is called the sturgeon moon. The February full moon that we know as the sturgeon moon will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 6:17 PM. AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Not to mention, in the earth’s southern areas, the full moon in this month is also known as the Barley Moon, Red Moon, Grain Moon, etc. On the contrary, for the people living in the northern hemisphere: let’s say for European or North American people, they call the full moon in the month of February the Snow 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!!!

Sturgeon Moon Facts

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

However, if you wanna know about the full moon name in the month of February with respect to the northern 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?

Check out Full Moon Calendar 2021 (Dates & Names – Northern 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 Southern 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 define 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.

On the contrary, you would be baffled to know that the full moon names used in the southern hemisphere are the same as the northern hemisphere, just the seasonal difference. Wanna know why???

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

Well, because the people living in the southern hemisphere (let’s say Australia, South Africa, or South America) are none other than the European settlers.

In other words, you can say that European settlers, at first, integrated the native American full moon names into their modern Georgian calendar. And, later, many of these full moon names went with them to new places around the world.


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: Sturgeon Moon in Southern Hemisphere

In the southern hemisphere, the full moon in February is known as Full Sturgeon Moon or Sturgeon Moon. WHY?

Because during this time of the year, there could be a large amount of huge freshwater fish can be found in the lakes as well as in the rivers.

Not to mention, this full moon will also be the last full moon before the occurrence of March Equinox in the southern hemisphere.

The March Equinox i.e the first day of fall in the southern hemisphere will occur on Saturday, 20 March 2021.

Facts About Sturgeons

Did you know that the sturgeons are nowadays classified as highly vulnerable and critically endangered to extinction?

Therefore, because of their overfishing and of course harvesting for sturgeon caviars, several countries have enacted strict laws against the poaching, harvesting, and, as well as smuggling of Sturgeon fish.


Other Cultural Full Moon Names for February 2021 in Southern 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. Sadly, that is not the case with the people living in the southern hemisphere.

Not to mention, for several days, I have been trying to get some detail regarding the full moon naming criteria for the Earth’s southern areas. But, I did not find any single piece of work related to that.

However, I did found one resource where it has been mentioned that the native people of the southern hemisphere (Māori People of New Zealand) didn’t assign a name to only the Full Moon phase of each month. Every night of the Moon had a name.

Therefore, as a result of these elaborated naming conditions, many in the Southern Hemisphere rely on the European-inspired Full Moon Names.


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

The next full moon in the southern hemisphere will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 6:17 PM. AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). It will be known as the full sturgeon moon. Okay, for the southerners, it will be Sturgeon Moon. And, for the northerners, it will be a Snow 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.

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

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