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Full moon Monday: 'Snow Moon' falls on sunny LA

Full Snow Moon Approaches: A few days before the full snow moon of 2013, as viewed from Goleta, CA.
Full Snow Moon Approaches: A few days before the full snow moon of 2013, as viewed from Goleta, CA.
Photo by Glenn Beltz via Flickr Creative Commons

City slickers saddled with bright, smoggy interference may want to consider seeking higher, darker ground to view Monday's "Snow Moon." Sunset is slated for 5:47 p.m., says the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department. 

Notes SPACE:

February's full moon is traditionally called the "Snow Moon," because the heaviest snows of the year often fall in this month in North America. Alternately, this month's moon sometimes bears the name "Full Hunger Moon," because hunting is often difficult in February and food was scarce for ancient tribes.

Weekly SoCal sky happenings are tracked by Griffith Observatory and Anthony Cook's "Sky Report." Here's what to expect of nighttime's almost perfect circle and its heavenly cohorts in the coming days.

  • The moon illuminates most of the night this week. It changes from waxing gibbous to full phase on Monday the 25th. This is traditionally known as the Full Snow Moon. Afterwards, the moon displays a waning gibbous phase.?
  • The International Space Station makes an evening pass over Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 26. The ISS will be visible between 7:10 until 7:15 p.m., moving from the northwest horizon to where it meets the earth’s shadow, 34 degrees above the southern horizon. The space station should outshine Jupiter when at its highest, 53 degrees above the southwest horizon, at 7:14 p.m.

For future celestial endeavors, online stargazing care of Slooh Space Camera may also be an option. Tonight's moon got a live-streamed afternoon gazing from a Canary Islands observatory located off the western coast of Africa. A 30 minute webcast was recorded earlier today.

Full "Snow Moon"