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Snow Moon: What is a Snow Moon and when is February’s 2020 Snow Moon?

February’s full Moon is known as a Snow Moon because of the season in which it falls. In the UK, there is an average of 5.6 days in which snow falls, according to the Met Office, compared to 3.9 days for December – the month most commonly associated with snow.

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The numbers are similar for all colder countries in the northern hemisphere, hence the name Snow Moon.

For centuries Native American tribes named the months after features they associated with the seasons.

And many of these ancient month names are now incorporated into the modern calendar.

The Snow Moon is the Full Moon in February, and is named after the snow scattered on the freezing ground.

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Snow Moon: What is a Snow Moon and when is February’s 2020 Snow Moon? (Image: GETTY)

The moon will peak on February 8 and 9 (Image: GETTY)

Some Native American tribes named it the Hunger Moon due to the scarce food resources and difficult mid-winter hunting conditions.

NASA said: “The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published ‘Indian’ names for the full Moons in the 1930’s, and according to this almanac, the tribes of what is now the northeastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Storm Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

This full moon will peak on the eves of February 8 and 9.

NASA said on its website: “The Moon will appear full for about three days centred around this time, from Friday evening to Monday morning, making this a full Moon weekend.”

READ MORE: Snow Moon 2020: When is the February Supermoon? What is its meaning?

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Some Native American tribes named it the Hunger Moon due to the scarce food resources (Image: GETTY)

However, as is typical of UK weather in February, the skies may obstruct the view of the Moon.

Cloud is expected to cover the UK for most of the weekend, although skies may be partially clear at times on Friday.

The Moon will also be a supermoon, making it the first of the year and the decade.

On average, the Moon is 238,000 miles from Earth, but during a supermoon the can be 221,000 miles away from our planet.

This is because the Moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle and is actually slightly oval.

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What are the full moons of 2020?

Here are all of the 13 named Full Moons you should look out for this year:

January 10 – Full Woolf Moon

February 9 – Full Snow Moon

March 9 – Full Worm Moon

April 8 – Full Pink Moon

May 7 – Full Flower Moon

June 5 – Full Strawberry Moon

July 5 – Full Buck Moon

August 3 – Full Sturgeon Moon

September 2 – Full Corn Moon

October 1 – Full Hunter’s Moon

October 31 – Blue Moon

November 30 – Full Beaver’s Moon

December 30 – Full Cold Moon

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