February this year brought us a triple header….a full (Snow) moon, a penumbral eclipse, and the a few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, makes its closest approach to Earth.
We made plans to get out to what we hoped would be an ideal location to view the evening’s sunset to the west and the rising of the Snow moon in the east. But just what is a ‘Snow Moon?”
Every month’s full moon has at least one nickname that can be traced back centuries to Native American tribes. February’s full moon was appropriately dubbed the Snow Moon, because this month typically sees the heaviest snowfall of the year. Some tribes have also called it the Hunger Moon as the winter weather made it difficult to hunt and forage for food. [From Lunar Wolves to Worms, These Are the Full Moon Names of 2017]
We found the perfect spot on the North side of Sunset Beach along the marsh that separates the island from the ICW and on the shore of Jinx Creek & Tubbs Inlet. The sunset over the west end of Sunset Beach was spectacular and to our backs came the rising of the Snow Moon…equally spectacular! Although the eclipse was somewhat difficult to discern as penumbral eclipses generally are, it was nonetheless a wonderful early evening.
Here are some of the photos from that evening. Please click on any photo to view full size and share to social networks as you please. You can also send any photo as a *Free* E-Card by cicking the link at the top of the full sized photo.