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The Full “Snow Moon” Occurs This Weekend

Depending on cloud cover over your location, you’ll see the next big, bright, full moon of the winter season! This full moon is known as the Full Snow Moon or the Full Hunger Moon. The moon will rise near sunset and then set around sunrise.

The full moon occurs at a precise moment in time. In this case it was at 3:17 a.m. Eastern, 2:17 a.m. Central, 1:17 a.m. Mountain and 12:17 a.m. Pacific Saturday, February 27. Even though the moon is technically full at an exact time, it will still appear big and bright for the next couple of nights. The full moon will rise along the eastern horizon near a bright star called Regulus. This is referred to as the heart of the constellation Leo.

In terms of being able to see this full moon, the forecast tonight (Saturday – Sunday) is for cloudy conditions from the Mid-Atlantic to the Mid-Mississippi Valley region, fog around the northern Gulf Coast, and a mostly cloudy sky across much of the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, breaks in cloud cover could provide you a nice look at the moon.

Other happenings in the night sky this weekend include a spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS). This will occur on Sunday. Here are the fast facts:

  • ISS spacewalk Sunday, February 28
  • Begins around 6 a.m. EST and ends around 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Mission: To ready the ISS for solar array upgrades
  • Three ISS crew members will go on the spacewalk
  • These solar arrays help power the ISS
  • You can watch via NASA TV by clicking/tapping here

Enjoy this weekend’s night sky activities and share your pictures/videos with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

About the author
Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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