Snow Moon set for appearance tonight (VIDEO)


A Harvest full moon will rise this weekend just above the planet Uranus.


Karen Bleier

The first full moon of February will appear tonight under a litany of names -- Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Storm Moon, Candles Moon -- and in a variety of places, from the nighttime sky near you right to your computer screen, according to SPACE.

The moon will line up exactly against the sun at 3:26 p.m.. EST, said SPACE.

But if you were working then, maybe you tuned in from your desk when the moon-watching event kicked off as part of the Slooh telescope project, the first public portal to offer live space streaming  (member login required).

Viewers in North America are able to see the nighttime sky by way of five Slooh telescopes operating five hours ahead of EST time with live feed that started at 2 pm EST, reported SpaceDaily.

"Using our observatory in the Canary Islands, we will explore the Full Snow Moon, sometimes known as the Hunger Moon," Slooh president Patrick Paolucci told

February's full moon is called Snow Moon because it often comes in tandem with heavy snowfalls, said SPACE. It is also called Full Hunger in reference to food scarcity in ancient times. 

There was more discussion about Snow Moon's history as part of the Slooh presentation, but in case you missed it, here's a video on the full moon courtesy of a dynamic mustached host: