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The Moon in February

Tonight was not a full moon. A scan of internet sites tells me that the full moon will be on Sunday. (Sun. Feb 28, 2010 at 16:38). Though, tonight’s moon was beautiful and powerful.

At 4:00 in the morning, it not only called Ian and I from bed, it also woke the neighbors. (And I don’t think it was us who woke them, because when we had just walked into the living room, we heard the friendly, though robotic, AOL “Good-bye”, from the man who lives on the other side of the wall.)

Watching the moon, from our apartment window, with Ian, and with the presence of the man on the other side of the wall, and with the cough of the woman underneath us, gave me an insight that is the beginning of a poem:

Winter Evening, Barreling Towards Spring

The moon wasn’t trying to drive lonely people crazy.
The moon was calling people to come together,
seeking union.
So, if you were selfish and watched her alone,
or, too stubborn to woo a lover to stand with,
it’s your own fault for going mad.




Was tonight the full moon?
No. The night of February 26th to February 27th was not the full moon. But it is getting close.

When will the full moon be in February 2010?
Sunday, February 28th will be the next full moon.

Where can I find charts on cycles of the moon, such as the full moon, first quarter, etc,?
Two good places are: Farmer’s Almanac or  Universe Today

What is special about the full moon in February?
According to Space.com:  “Feb. 28, 11:38 a.m. EST — Full Snow Moon.  Usually the heaviest snows fall in this month.  Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some tribes this was the Full Hunger Moon.”

A related post lists the names/ideas for each month of the year, as assigned by Native Americans and other cultures is at Wikipedia: here

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