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Full Moon February 2022: When to See the Snow Moon

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The snow moon will be at its peak on February 16 at 11:57 a.m. ET, but the best time to see it will be after sunset. As a bonus, the moon will be above the east-northeast horizon on Wednesday evening, which will put it near Regulus, a bright star.

The February full moon will generally be visible in areas of the world that do not have dense cloud cover. According to Christine Shupla, head of education and public engagement at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, it will be below the horizon at the South Pole and therefore not visible from that area.

A major storm system forecast for the central and eastern United States is expected to bring cloud cover, making it difficult to see the moon Wednesday night through Thursday morning, especially for anyone east of the Rockies, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

The best places in the United States to see the full moon will be parts of the Southwest and California, where clearer skies are expected.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Native American tribes in the northeastern United States first used the name “snow moon” as a nod to the heavy snowfalls that occurred in February.
The snowy conditions would also lead to a shortage of hunting resources, which is why other tribes called the moon the “bone moon”, the “hunger moon”, and the “small famine moon”.

February’s full moon also coincides with the important Buddhist festival Māgha Pūjā, which celebrates a historic gathering between Buddha and his first 1,250 disciples, according to NASA.

There are 10 full moons left in 2022, two of which qualify as supermoons. Here is a list of the remaining moons for 2022, according to the Farmers’ Almanac:

• March 18: Worm Moon

• April 16: Pink Moon

• May 16: Flower Moon

• June 14: Strawberry Moon

• July 13: Buck moon

• August 11: Sturgeon Moon

• September 10: Harvest Moon

• October 9: Hunter’s Moon

• November 8: Beaver Moon

• December 7: Cold Moon

Although these are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons, the meaning of each can vary among Native American tribes.

Lunar and solar eclipses

There will be two total lunar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as sunlight can damage the eyes.

A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen by those in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Another on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, North East Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, India and West China. None of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

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A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon when the sun, earth, and moon align and the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. The Earth casts two shadows on the Moon during the eclipse. Penumbra is partial outer shade and umbra is full, dark shade.

As the full moon moves into Earth’s shadow, it will darken, but it will not disappear. Sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere dramatically lights up the moon, turning it red – which is why it’s often called a “blood moon.”

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick colored or blood red.

This happens because blue light experiences stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color brought out when sunlight passes through our atmosphere and shines onto the moon.

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A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America (excluding northwestern regions) between 9:31 p.m. ET on May 15 and 2 a.m. 52 ET on May 16.

Another total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET – but the moon is will lie for those in eastern parts of North America.

meteor showers

This year kicked off with the Quadrantid meteor shower in January, but the next meteor shower won’t peak until April.
Here are the remaining 11 showers to watch for in 2022:

• Lyrids: April 21 and 22

• Eta Aquariids: May 4 and 5

• Southern Delta Aquarids: July 29-30

• Alpha Capricornides: July 30 and 31

• Perseids: August 11 and 12

• Orionids: October 20 and 21

• Southern Taurids: 4 and 5 November

• Northern Taurids: 11 and 12 November

• Leonids: 17 and 18 November

• Geminids: December 13 and 14

• Ursids: December 21-22

If you live in an urban area, you might want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights that will obstruct your view.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so the meteors are easier to spot.