February Full Moon 2023: When is it, why is it called ‘Snow Moon’ and best time to see it in Glasgow

The Snow Moon is set to light up our night sky soon, here’s the best way to see it in Glasgow

Listen up Stargazers, the opportunity to look up toward the night sky has got much more exciting with the imminent arrival of the Snow Moon. Residents across Glasgow don’t have long to wait until they can see the second full moon of 2023.

A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days as it begins the reverse process of its cycle. The first full moon of 2023, known as the Wolf Moon, illuminated night skies on January 6.

The Snow moon has been uniquely named based upon the time of its appearance. Native Americans reportedly nicknamed full moons after the changes which occur in nature and identified the snow moon with its association to the wintry showers of February,

Gazing at the sky for a little bit of solace or escapism from our busy lives has continued to rise in popularity as Astro tourism sees travellers venturing to breath-taking off-the-grid destinations to experience the unparalleled beauty of our galaxy. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a cosmic expert, stargazing has been a popular hobby for millions since ancient times.

But when will the Snow Moon take place in 2023 and what is the best time to see it in Glasgow? Here’s everything you need to know.

When will the next full moon take place in 2023?

The Snow Moon is due to light up the night sky on Sunday (February 5). Here’s a list of all 13 full moons that will occur throughout 2023, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac

  • January 6: Wolf moon
  • February 5: Snow moon
  • March 7: Worm moon
  • April 6: Pink moon
  • May 5: Flower moon
  • June 3: Strawberry moon
  • July 3: Buck moon
  • August 1: Sturgeon moon
  • August 30: Blue moon
  • September 29: Harvest moon
  • October 28: Hunter’s moon
  • November 27: Beaver moon
  • December 26: Cold moon

What is the best time to see the ‘Snow Moon’ in Glasgow?

The best time to catch the Snow Moon in the UK is after sunset. So stargazers across Glasgow will have the best chance of spotting the Snow Moon after 4.58pm GMT.

The Met Office forecast says visibility will remain ‘very good’ throughout Sunday in Glasgow. However, it is still forecast to be cloudy so if you are unable to see the snow moon there will be a virtual streaming of it rising over Rome broadcast by The Virtual Telescope Project.

Stargazing tips on viewing full moons

While stargazing may seem simple, external factors can make or break the event. Light pollution can impede on how much of the astronomical event we see and cloudy conditions can almost pull a curtain over the view entirely.

A clear spot as close to the horizon as possible is recommended for the best view unless of course you are able to find a dark-sky site or even better, an observatory.

EarthSky advises amateur stargazers not to buy a telescope straight away as they can be a pricey investment. Start with binoculars and if you’re really on a budget, the naked eye will perform just fine given the right conditions.