February’s Moon is called the Snow Moon. Find February 2018 Moon phase dates, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more!
Note: This year is unusual! Due to the way the 2018 calendar falls, the full Moons rise on January 31 and then again on March 1. This is why you will not see a “Full Moon phase” listed below in February!
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 more Moon names and their meanings.
Moon Phases for February 2018
(All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.)
Note: This year, the Full Moon falls on January 31 and then on March 1! See our 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 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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