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It's the night of the 'Snow Moon' -- and you can watch it online

The full moon of February is called the Snow Moon. Its Cree name is Cepizun, meaning
The full moon of February is called the Snow Moon. Its Cree name is Cepizun, meaningStarry Night Software

By Clara Moskowitz

For an extra-special view of Monday night's (Feb. 25) full moon, don't just look out your window — tune in to a live webcast of the sight from a telescope in the Canary Islands.

From our point of view on Earth, the moon will be directly opposite the sun and fully illuminated at 3:26 p.m. EST. February's full moon is traditionally called the "Snow Moon," because the heaviest snows of the year often fall in this month in North America. Alternately, this month's moon sometimes bears the name "Full Hunger Moon," because hunting is often difficult in February and food was scarce for the tribes of long ago.

For more on the history of full moon nicknames, as well as the science of the moon's cycles, check out the Slooh Space Camera's live webcast today beginning at 3:30 EST. The webcast will show views from an observatory on the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

"Using our observatory in the Canary Islands, we will explore the Full Snow Moon, sometimes known as the Hunger Moon, with fascinating stories by astronomer Bob Berman," Slooh president Patrick Paolucci told

Watch's full moon webcast from Slooh for free, beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST.

The online Slooh Space Camera broadcasts weekly shows highlighting the wonders of the universe. The project launched on Christmas Day of 2003.

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