The Snow Moon will reach its peak today (February 16) and join the cluster of planets that illuminate the morning sky.
The full moon, known as the Snow Month, will be brightest at 11:57 a.m. EST (1657 GMT), though it will be nearly full both the day before and the night after. And the moon is not the only excitement in the night sky; if you look closely at the full moon tonight, you will see the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo, Leo.
And don’t forget to take a look at the morning sky as several planets will appear.
Several planets will accompany month early this morning.
For those in the eastern United States, Venus today rises at about 4:20 local time in New York (09:20 Greenwich Mean Time), and by sunrise the planet will be 22 degrees above the horizon. Mars appears a little later, at 4:48 a.m. EDT (9:48 AM GMT), and you’ll be able to spot an escape Mercury since it is at the greatest distance, or elongation, west of the sun. Another planet, Jupiterwill also be visible for a short window before sunset tonight.
As long as these planets grow in the east, the full moon will land in the west. In New York, for example, the moon will rise at 7:11 a.m. local time and rise again today at 5:32 p.m. local time. (You can find out exactly what time the moon rises and sets anywhere using Lunar time and date calculator.)
The snow month is one of the many nicknames by which February full moon recognized. While in different cultures the moon has different names, in the 1930s the Maine Farmers Almanac began publishing the names of the months given and known by Native American tribes.
The Snow Moon (also called the Storm Moon) is a name derived from the Algonquin tribe “because of the heavy snowfall that falls this season,” according to NASA.
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https://www.space.com/full-snow-moon-february-2022-tonight The full snow month of February 2022 is rising tonight!