As the days begin to linger but the cold is still bitter, the hunger moon makes its appearance in the night skies of winter.
Today at 1:20 p.m, the waxing gibbous moon gives way to February’s full moon, which was dubbed the hunger moon because hunting for food became more difficult as the heaviest snows fall.
Full moon names come from the Native Americans who based the monikers on the seasons and changes in their lives as the Earth turns warm to cold with its revolution around the sun.
The February moon is also called the snow moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
“Other Native American tribes called this moon the ‘shoulder to shoulder around the fire moon’, the ‘no snow in the trails moon’ and the ‘bone moon,'” the Almanac notes. “The bone moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow.”