Did you know? It's the Full Snow Moon this weekend - why the name?

Published by My de Sortiraparis · Published on February 22th, 2024 at 06:40 p.m.
Admire the Full Snow Moon this Saturday, February 24, 2024, a key winter moment marked by a micro Moon. We tell you how it got its name.

This Saturday, February 24, 2024, the night sky offers us a poetic spectacle: the Full Snow Moon. The name, steeped in mystery and tradition, refers to the second full moon of the year, often associated with heavy snowfalls in North America and Europe. But beyond its evocative name, this full moon is special in that it coincides with a phenomenon known as a micro-moon, when our natural satellite appears smaller in the sky, being at the apogee of its orbit around the Earth.

The names of full moons, such as the Snow Moon, are no mere poetic whims. They have their roots in Amerindian and colonial traditions, testifying to the close links between lunar cycles and human activities, particularly farming. These nicknames, handed down from generation to generation and still used today by institutions such as NASA, reflect the rhythms of nature and the lifestyles of ancient civilizations.

This year's Snow Moon also stands out for its position in the constellation Leo, promising a fascinating observation for astronomy enthusiasts. Skywatchers will also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Pollux and Regulus, two bright stars in the constellations of Gemini and Leo, on the days preceding the full moon.

Beyond its scientific aspect, the Full Snow Moon is shrouded in many legends and beliefs. Historically known as the"Hunger Moon" or the"Lenten Moon", it symbolizes a time of year when living conditions were particularly difficult for ancient peoples. These varied and meaningful names remind us that each full moon is a chapter in a great celestial book, a narrative of the links between humanity and the universe.

Finally, it's fascinating to note that the lunar cycle, with its eight distinct phases from new moon to full moon, mirrors the cycles of life on Earth. The Moon's ascending and descending phases, the result of its cosmic ballet with the Earth and Sun, never cease to fascinate and inspire humankind, inviting us to contemplate our place in the immensity of the universe.

In short, when you look up to admire the Full Snow Moon weekend, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the universe and reconnect with the stories and traditions that have shaped our relationship with the stars. It's a chance to observe, dream and, perhaps, understand the world around us a little better.

Sources: Science et vie

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