It's the Snow Moon! Find February Full Moon phases for 2016—plus, best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more.
Full Moon Names
February's full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.
Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.
Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.
See more about the month's Full Moon names and their meanings.
2016 Moon Phase Dates
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
Please note: The Last Quarter Moon phase was January 31, 10:28 P.M. ET.
New Moon: February 8, 9:39 A.M.
First Quarter: February 15, 2:46 A.M.
Full Moon: February 22, 1:20 P.M.
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Snow Moon. Click below to watch video.
Best Days in February 2016
Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in April.
Aboveground crops: 9, 10, 18, 19
Belowground crops: 1, 27–29
For Setting Eggs
16, 17, 24, 25
Moon Fact and Folklore
- February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon.
- Did you know that the Moon's diameter is 2,160 miles? This is less than the width of the United States (approximately 3,000 miles), and 0.27 of Earth's diameter (7,926 miles).
- Wolves have howled at the Moon for centuries, yet it is still there.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the Moon.
—Edward Lear, English poet (1812-88)
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