Astrophotos: The Full Snow Moon

by Nancy Atkinson on February 26, 2013

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Fishing for walleye on the Bay of Quinte (Lake Ontario) near Belleville, Ontario, when the full Moon appeared through the clouds on the horizon. Credit and copyright: Rick Stankiewicz.

Fishing for walleye on the Bay of Quinte (Lake Ontario) near Belleville, Ontario, when the full Moon appeared through the clouds on the horizon. Credit and copyright: Rick Stankiewicz.

In Native American lore, the full Moon in February is called the Snow Moon, as this time of year usually signals the deepest snows of winter in the now cold northern latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the full moon fell on February 25th and here are a few images shared by our readers. Above is a classic view of a winter evening in the north — especially where I used to live in Minnesota, but also where Rick Stankiewicz lives in Ontario, Canada.

“I was fishing for walleye with some friends on the Bay of Quinte (Lake Ontario) near Belleville, Ontario,” Rick wrote, “and I was fortunate to be in an opportune location to see the Moon rising in the eastern sky. “A pale pastel pink disc appeared initially, but as the minutes wore on and the lunar disk rose higher above the horizon it grew brighter and transformed from pink, then red, then orange as it evaded more and more of the earth’s atmosphere along the horizon. What a wonderful sight and this made the whole trip worth the effort. Our fishing party caught one nice fish this trip but the rising of the Snow Moon was the ‘icing on the cake’ for me.”

A beautiful shot too!

See more below:

Planet Moon? A panoramic view from Östersund, Sweden. Credit and copyright:  Göran Strand

Planet Moon? A panoramic view from Östersund, Sweden. Credit and copyright: Göran Strand

Here’s a fun panoramic view of the full Moon, which seemingly creates a little snow covered planet with the full Moon in the sky. This was sent in by Göran Strand from Sweden: “I wanted to catch the Moon in a snowy environment,” Göran wrote, “so me and my friend went out on Storsjöns snow-covered ice here in Östersund, Sweden….As a bonus, a light mist came in over the lake just as we arrived.”

The full Snow Moon on 02-25-2013 as seen from  Dayton, Ohio USA. Credit and copyright: John Chumack.

The full Snow Moon on 02-25-2013 as seen from
Dayton, Ohio USA. Credit and copyright: John Chumack.

Our pal John Chumack can always be counted on for a great view of the full Moon! You can see more of his images at his Flickr page or his website, Galactic Images.

The Moon partially hidden by tree branches, taken on February 25, 2013. Credit and copyright: Carolyn Postelwait.

The Moon partially hidden by tree branches, taken on February 25, 2013. Credit and copyright: Carolyn Postelwait.

The February 2013 full Moon as seen in Michigan, USA. Credit and copyright: Kevin (Kevin's Stuff on Flickr.)

The February 2013 full Moon as seen in Michigan, USA. Credit and copyright: Kevin (Kevin’s Stuff on Flickr.)
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[caption id="attachment_100297" align="aligncenter" width="580"]The full Moon as seen in Japan on Feb. 25, 2013. Credit and copyright: Masashi Ito. The full Moon as seen in Japan on Feb. 25, 2013. Credit and copyright: Masashi Ito.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Lorin Ionita February 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Wow on the second image. Just wow.

CallanTFC February 28, 2013 at 3:54 AM

Great shot. Can’t wait to make it out to Bay of Quinte and Prince Edward County this summer. Beautiful countryside, some of the best wines produced in North America, and of course great fishing.

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