The Snow Moon of February shone in stunning photos across the world, from celebrants of China’s Lantern Festival to astronauts on the International Space Station. Whether you are looking for a telescope to observe the next full moon, or a camera to capture the next skywatching sight on your own, the Full Snow Moon of February was a sight to behold!
This year, the Full Snow Moon of February was the smallest full moon of the year due to its distance from Earth in its orbit. Called a “micromoon,” the Full Snow Moon of February was up to 14% smaller than the moon at its largest extent, though most observers were unable to see the difference.
The annual Lantern Festival in China and other countries celebrated the arrival of the moon, the first of the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. Astronauts on the International Space Station spotted the moon quite easily, and were amazed by the beauty of the sight of the full moon rising from the pale blue atmosphere.
Meanwhile, astrophotographers in the U.S. and other countries spotted the Full Snow Moon and captured footage of it shining in the sky. From the Empire State Building in New York City, to Mussenden Temple in Northern Ireland, the Full Snow Moon was a sight to behold.
Whether you were looking for a telescope or binoculars to observe the next full moon, or a camera to capture the next skywatching sight on your own, the Full Snow Moon of February was a sight to behold. Read on to learn more about the Full Snow Moon and how you can observe the moon, take photos of it, and explore its many features.