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February snow moon slowly rises

'Snow Moon' dazzles February night sky

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 10:06 AM - Stargazers were treated to a stunningly bright full moon Tuesday night, commonly known as the "Snow Moon."

Aside from the amazing glow it provides, there's a lot of meaning behind this February moon.

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"February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February," explains the Farmer's Almanac. "Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon."

According to the almanac, the tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon during the months in which they occurred.

"The Cherokee Native American tribe called this moon the "Bone Moon," meaning "there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup," the almanac reports.

Because the lunar cycle is about 29 days long, February has no full moon once almost every 19 years.

Weather Network viewers braved the cold Monday night to capture some incredible images of this February's moon as featured below. If you saw this moon, upload your photos or video here.

Allannah Lauren - London, Ontario

Kevin Van Ulden - Mississauga, Ontario

Shelly Allen - Pubnico, Nova Scotia

Jamie S - Hanover, Ontario

Dale Matthies - Goderich, Ontario

Karen Kennett - Oshawa, Ontario

Brent Wilson - Saint John, New Brunswick

Laurie Dominato - Oakville, Ontario

Lillian Kennedy - Maces Bay, New Brunswick

Chris Parlow - Parksville, B.C.


So it was a snow moon yesterday..... Only comes every 19 years....#snowmoon

A photo posted by Alicia Diane Sanchez (@aliciadsanchez78) on

Last night's #fullsnowmoon over #toronto. #stunninglyclearnight #snowmoon #cntower #feb22nd

A photo posted by Amy Rogers (@here.and.here) on

I should be glad of another encounter! #5AM #moon #moonshots #fullmoon #snowmoon #k5winter #igers_seattle

A photo posted by Al Garman (@al_garman) on

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