The Full Moon for February 2019 rises on the 19th. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Snow Moon. Read why—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.
Full Moon for 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 a full calendar year of Moon names and their meanings.
Moon Phases for February 2019
(All dates and times are ET. See the Almanac’s Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.)
|New Moon: February 4, 4:04 P.M.|
|First Quarter: February 12, 5:26 P.M.|
||Full Moon: February 19, 10:53 A.M.|
|Last Quarter: February 26, 3:28 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 2019
Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in February.
- Aboveground crops: 15, 16
- Belowground crops: 23–25
For Setting Eggs:
- 13, 14, 22, 23
Moon Facts 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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