SAN DIEGO — The next full moon will be early Saturday, appearing opposite the sun in Earth-based longitude at 12:17 AM PST.
The moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning. This moon is commonly referred to as the “Snow Moon.”
Why is it called the Snow Moon?
The full moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not just to the full moon itself.
The explanation behind February’s full moon name is a fairly straightforward one: it’s known as the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February. On average, February is the United States’ snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service. 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.” (Farmers Almanac)
Full moons in 2021
Here are the full moons for 2021, according to NASA:
|Date||Name||U.S. Eastern Time||UTC|
|Jan 28||Wolf Moon||2:16 p.m.||19:16|
|Feb 27||Snow Moon||3:17 a.m.||8:17|
|Mar 28||Worm Moon||2:48 p.m.||18:48|
|Apr 26||Pink Moon||11:31 p.m.||3:31 (Apr. 27)|
|May 26||Flower Moon||7:14 a.m.||11:14|
|Jun 24||Strawberry Moon||2:40 p.m.||18:40|
|Jul 23||Buck Moon||10:37 a.m.||2:37 (Jul 24)|
|Aug 22||Sturgeon Moon||8:02 a.m.||12:02|
|Sep 20||Corn Moon||7:55 a.m.||23:55|
|Oct 20||Harvest Moon||10:57 a.m.||14:57|
|Nov 19||Beaver Moon||3:58 a.m.||8:58|
|Dec 18||Cold Moon||11:36 p.m.||4:36 (Dec 19)|