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Full 'Snow Moon' Can Be Seen In UK Tonight

Ali Condon

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Full 'Snow Moon' Can Be Seen In UK Tonight

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Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies tonight so you can catch a glimpse at the spectacular Full Snow Moon!

On Wednesday, 16th February, the second full moon of the year will light up the night sky.

The name Snow Moon can be traced back to Native American tribes, who associated this time of year with heavy snowfall - but that's not the only name for this full moon.

(Credit: Unsplash)
(Credit: Unsplash)

Tonight's moon was also known as the Full Hunger Moon because weather conditions meant it was the most difficult time of the year for hunting.

Other names include the Storm Moon, the Wolf Moon, and the Candles Moon, depending on where you're based.

Rising from the east, the Snow Moon will be visible from 4.56pm this evening, but will reach its highest point around midnight tonight.

According to the Met Office, high cloud cover over Scotland might make the Snow Moon a little tricky to see, but clearer skies over England and Wales around 9pm tonight should make for perfect moon-gazing conditions.

The Snow moon will reach its highest point at midnight tonight. (Credit: Unsplash)
The Snow moon will reach its highest point at midnight tonight. (Credit: Unsplash)

If you're into astrology, experts are predicting that this full moon in Leo will bring passion and romance into our lives.

To see Wednesday's full moon clearly, NASA recommends turning off all artificial light and giving your eyes plenty of time to adjust. With the naked eye on a clear night, you should be able to see some of the moon's larger craters.

Although it will reach peak illumination tonight, this year's Snow Moon won't be as bright as it was in 2019 and 2020, when it was also a Super Moon.

In fact, we won't see another Super Moon until the Strawberry Moon appears in our skies on 14th June.

If you get a good glimpse, you could see the moon's craters tonight. (Credit: Unsplash)
If you get a good glimpse, you could see the moon's craters tonight. (Credit: Unsplash)

After tonight, the next full moon will land on 18th March and will be named the Worm Moon, referring to the earthworms that finally emerge as the soil warms up.

Topics: News, Astrology, Space

Ali Condon
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