Full Moon for February 2021

Catch the Full Snow Moon!

January 21, 2021
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Got your snow shovels ready? February’s full Snow Moon reaches its peak in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 27. Why is it called the full Snow Moon? Find out in our February Moon Guide!

When to See the Full Moon in February 2021

February’s full Snow Moon reaches peak illumination at 3:19 A.M. EST on Saturday, February 27. For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Friday, February 26; it will drift above the horizon in the east around sunset and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight. See when the Moon will be visible in your area.

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.” 

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Alternative February Moon Names

Names for this month’s Moon have historically had a connection to animals. The Cree traditionally called this the Bald Eagle Moon or Eagle Moon. The Ojibwe Bear Moon and Tlingit Black Bear Moon refer to the time when bear cubs are born. The Dakota also call this the Raccoon Moon, certain Algonquin peoples named it the Groundhog Moon, and the Haida named it Goose Moon.

Another theme of this month’s Moon names is scarcity. The Cherokee names of Month of the Bony Moon and Hungry Moon give evidence to the fact that food was hard to come by at this time.

→ See a full calendar year of Moon names and meanings.

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Moon Phases for February 2021

All dates and times listed below are Eastern Standard Time. See the Almanac’s Moon Phase Calendar for times in your city/state.

February Moon Phase Dates and Times

Last Quarter: February 4, 12:38 P.M.
New Moon: February 11, 2:08 P.M.
First Quarter: February 19, 1:49 P.M.
Full Moon: February 27, 3:19 A.M.

February Snow 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 Snow Moon, “Moon weather,” and the horns of the new crescent Moon. Click below to watch the video.

Best Days in February 2021

Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in February.

For Planting

Aboveground crops: 12, 13, 22, 23

Belowground crops: 3–5

For Setting Eggs

1, 2, 28, 29

For Fishing

11–27

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Moon Facts and Folklore

  • On 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)

Share your thoughts about the February Moon below!

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Great quote unattributed

"Wolves have howled at the Moon for centuries, yet it is still there." Hilarious quote, but you give no attribution for it.

Full moon

It's said that the full moon brings out the beast in you..why is that?

Full moon

My mother-in-law was an ob nurse. She always said more babies were born during a full moon.

Snow Moon

It is weird that there is a full moon tomorrow and is also called, "Snow Moon". Well my birthday is tomorrow and is on the same day as a full moon (Snow Moon). It is kind cool but also weird in a sense that it has never happened on my birthday. Plus there is going to be a bright star shining as well near the moon too. Really cool.

moon mood

I can go without sleep when the moon is full, I am not tired the next day. Wierd. I do not even know when the full moon is most of the time, I know when I stay up all night.

Yes, it's been a bad week!

Gina, I totally agree with you. Maybe the moon explains it!

Heightened emotions

I have noticed myself and several people I know have had an extremely bad week. Either stress is piling up on people or we are just having problems dealing with it. Whichever, I will be glad when it goes back to normal. Whatever that is!

Moon this morning

I got up before daybreak. Inside my white-walled garden, it appeared to be fully lit. I now understand why. Thank you for the interesting facts about our full moon.

Moon phases

A charge nurse at a convelescent home said there is emotional upheaval not only at Full Moon but at New Moon also......extremes perhaps

Emotions during moon phases

I have noticed for yrs that people get very short tempered around a full moon, and I notice that even within myself. You especially see it in driving. What I would like to know is what is going on since last Saturday, Feb. 18th? Four of my close friends seemed to get really quiet due to heightened stress, and I and many others have been experiencing anxiety like feelings since then. People were even posting about it on Facebook! I am a Scorpio, and our intuition and ability to "feel" other people's feelings is extremely strong, so I'm sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that is contributing to my recent level of emotional and physical intensity. I would just like to know why it is all so intense right now, beyond what I've experienced in the past? Is something going on that anyone knows of right now that would affect this like a full moon does at a lower intensity? Thank you.

Heightened emotions

I’ve experienced an increase in emotions & it seems to be true for almost all of my immediate family this week. One of my daughter’s dogs even exhibited high stress with no obvious cause last night. I had been wondering if we had a full moon, which brought me to this site to see.

Out of control emotion, not really

My wife has Alzheimer's and I noticed she was more confused this Sunday, and that control of my temper almost got me to the moon, I got so upset that I had a very hard time sleeping well that night I had a lot of acid intergestion, being a caregiver is tough enough I don't need the moon adding to it.

the moon

Wow, what can I say? I love the moon. I hate cloudy nights when you cannot see the moon, ya know?

The almanac and my family.

Just want to let you know that your almanac has been in my family for years. I am 70 years old,but I remember my Daddy had one, and it being one of the things that was not looked as " just a book." It was almost considerded to be the " farmers bible. " One of my sisters and I used to get it down and read it. Later on, I remember one of my sisters using it to check the gestation of certain amimals, ( I hope that's the right word ). She would breed her pigs, to put eggs in her incubator, go fishing, and so many other things. I had a brother who used it to set crops, set eggs, to fish, and so on. I still enjoy it to this day. Thank you for so many years of enjoyment. P.S. I know you weren't around when I was born tho. LOL

Thank you

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Hi, Jan, This made our day! We always enjoy hearing from Almanac fans who represent generations of readership! Many thanks for your kind words, your OFA editors

Hello Jan

Same here Jan im not as elder as you, but everything we did around our farm was based on the moon. when a package says 7-21 days for a seed to sprout i can get them to sprout by the 7th day. This knowledge led me to learn how to compile birth natal charts. Our lives are amazing when viewed through astrology

Best day for knee surgery

My husband is planning to have knee replacement surgery in the near future. I would like to know what days are the best to have surgery. My Mother never did anything without consulting the Almanac first! She is now 94 and in the nursing home, so I can't ask her. Please help me out! Thank you. Noveta

best day for knee surgery

I am an RN who takes care of orthopedic patients every work day. My suggestion is to have surgery early in the week (Monday or Tues), if possible. Then your hubby can be discharged hopefully prior to the weekend. It is not necessary to consult the moon, just advise him to be an active participant in his care. A word to the wise: walk, walk, walk!

Knee surgery

My husband has had both knees done he can climb a ladder with 50 lb bag feed he is a rancher. He can carry large hay bales. He gets on the roof of our house. He had a great Dr. PRAY first tell your husband to do the exercises it may hurt at first but will be worth it. Move move move it heals the body quicker and does not let the knees muscles lock up. Much luck .............Never have surgery on Friday!!

the complete list of full moons names

First purchased your wonderful magazine to help my husband fish. Got hooked on it! Also like the history behind the full moons, all their aspects & their names especially. Your old magazine lay-out included anonymous quotes that I also used to enjoy. Miss the old format & monthly tid bits that me & my sister would share on a daily basis. Keep up the good work, but why fix something that isn't broke? One of your biggest fans!! Judy from Milwaukee

thanks for your thanks

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Hi, Judy, You have made our day with your lively and generous comment. Thank you very much for your loyalty to this Almanac! About the “anonymous quotes”: You might be going waaaay back (like several decades), when every teeny, tiny space on any page that was not an ad was filled with a line of text.

For more than 15 years now, we have attributed the source of just about every quote, with his/her name, his/her country of origin (e.g., American), the nature of his/her work (e.g., American writer, Canadian poet), and given his/her birth and death dates (e.g., 1875–1937). The only time this might not appear is on the Calendar Pages because there is so little space. Sometimes proverbs or adages or folklore appears without attribution; that may be what you are thinking about.
 We aim to introduce quotes and other fun facts or sayings into stories when they “fit”—not just the space but the theme—and we will continue to do so.

In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! We appreciate you!

Almanac editors

Memories

I'm 65 years old now buy I remember having a Farmers Almanac in my home as a small child. My parents had farming backgrounds in Oklahoma and forever kept the almanac within their reach. Now sharing this with my own children.

ET Bases seen by Apollo 14 astronauts on back side of moon

Some of the more ''far out'', incredible information I've learned about the moon extends well beyond the quaint folklore about it catching rain or enhancing plant growth.: 1) It's a vantage point from which ET geneticists who engineered humans can monitor us,2) the moon is hollow, making metallic clanging sounds when struck by jettisoned portions of the space capsule. 3) It's material is older than any known material on earth, 4) it appears to be an artificial satellite, contains electronic equipment, & provides interior shelter..5) ET bases and space craft were observed on the back side of the moon during Apollo 14 landing. Radio transmissions directly from Apollo were intercepted by an independent Ham operator confirming this encounter. 6) A later Apollo mission carrying a nuclear device intended to detonate on the back side of the moon, was met by an extraordinary light (ship?) which fired a beam at the apollo craft just as it went exoatmospheric, striking it 4 times while circling it, causing it to disintegrate and fall back into the earth's atmosphere. The FAA footage, evidence of this event was pirated from "men in black" who visited the FAA's 2nd in command who was later interviewed by Dr. Steven Greer, founder of The Disclosure Project.

twin days for planting

I am trying to find out what the twin days are for planting butterbeans.Any info appreciated please.

twin days

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Twin days are when the Moon is in the astrological sign of Gemini (the Twins). You can find out when the Moon is in this sign by going to “The Moon’s Astrological Place, 2015-16” chart on page 243 of the 2016 national edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Or you can purchase the chart for download here:

http://store.almanac.com/product/2016-astrology-moons-sign-calendar

You can find the current day’s Moon’s astrological sign here:

http://www.almanac.com/advice

Today (2/24/16) it is in Virgo.

Hope this helps!

 

Been reading Old Farmer's

Been reading Old Farmer's Almanac for forty years. Someone nicked my 2015 issue so I had to go online!

Which tribes called it " the

Which tribes called it " the hunger moon " and which tribes did not ?

Our sources say that the

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Our sources say that the Algonquin tribe sometimes used this name. The Choctaw used a similar name, "Little Famine Moon." The Osage used the "Hunger Moon" name instead for the first full Moon of their year.

You are all over the news

You are all over the news today! I buy the Almanac at Hennings mkt in PA, and luv your garden calendar with the beautiful art. Main stream media is shocked you rightly called the colder winter 2014 and our gov experts did not. Saw an article that said it was dubious back in Aug!
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2...

Find myself exploring your website and there is so much more! Thank you and keep up the outstanding work OFA of NH, not to be confused the FA in ME right, :)

At the beginning of Feb. I

At the beginning of Feb. I saw an article that showed various moons, one was just the circumference, which I don't believe I have ever seen. Now I cannot find it, is there such a moon?

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