February 2017 Full Snow Moon

“Hunger Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Well, this snuck up on me this month – today is the February’s full moon, commonly called the Snow Moon (which is very appropriate for weather right now in New England). I’ve not actually used that name for my past photographs of the February moon, going with Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon, Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and the Quiet Moon.

This month’s full moon comes with a penumbral eclipse, too — which basically means that the moon will appear a bit less bright than normal. This is not a full eclipse so you won’t see the Blood Moon kind of look, but you should be able to notice that the moon is dimmer than normal, particularly on the top/north side of the moon. The peak of the eclipse is 7:44 pm Eastern, and it starts and ends about 2 hours on both sides of that.

Here in midcoast Maine, moonrise will be at 4:50 pm with sunset at 4:59 pm.

Below I’ve included a few other February full moons from my full moon series.

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Trapper’s Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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