On the evening of Saturday February 9th, the Nashville area saw an abnormally large moon known as a super-moon. This was also a special moon because it was also known as the “snow moon.” The “snow moon” is a full or new moon of astronomical and cultural significance around the globe.
The super-moon phenomenon occurs when a new or full moon coincides with perigee which is when the Moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit. This results in a Moon that appears larger than a normal new or full moon. Also, the tides associated with a super-moon are slightly more extreme due to the gravitational force between the Earth and the Moon being stronger because of a shorter distance between the two planetary bodies.
This moon was called the “snow moon” because according to the Farmers’ Almanac northeastern Native American tribes associated the moon with the large snowfall of early February. The “snow moon” is also significant in the Chinese, Jewish, and Buddhist cultures signaling the beginning and end of various holidays.