February’s Moon is called the Snow Moon. However, note that there will not be a full Moon phase this month. Why not? Read more about lunar calendars and the Snow Moon.
Why No Full Moon in February
In February of 2018, there is not a full Moon phase simply because of the way the calendar works. A Moon orbit is 29 ½ days. Since February only has 28 days, there are some years when February will not have a full Moon. When this happens, both January and March will have two full Moons each. This last happened in 1999 and will happen again in 2037. Specifically, the sequence of full Moons to start 2018 are: January 1, January 31, March 1, and March 31.
The second full Moon in month is popularly called a Blue Moon.
February’s Snow Moon
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 2018
(All dates and times are ET. See the Almanac’s Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.)
Note: As stated above, February will not have its own full Moon in 2018. See the March Moon Guide.
Last Quarter: February 7, 10:54 A.M.
New Moon: February 15, 4:05 P.M.
First Quarter: February 23, 3:09 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 2018
Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in February.
Aboveground crops: 16, 17, 25, 26
Belowground crops: 6, 7
For setting eggs:
4, 5, 24
15 to 28
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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