You know what they say that nothing lasts forever, and not even immersive celestial events represent an exception. At the end of February, the Moon will be delighting our views with one of its beautiful states – the last full Moon of winter, or simply the Snow Moon, will be illuminating the night sky this Sunday as well.
NASA reveals that those willing to spot the full Snow Moon in all its glory had to be aware on February 27 at 3:17 a.m. EST, when the event reached peak illumination. But the Snow Moon will also be full throughout Sunday, which means that you’d better cancel other plans for today. Prevention.com brings the news of the Snow Moon still awaiting to be admired.
Rising in the east around sunset
The Snow Moon rises in the east around sunset, and it’s also worth mentioning that we’re talking about the third and final full Moon of winter. The Telegraph’s YouTube account posted stunning footage of the Snow Moon rising in Bolton:
Such unforgettable sights occur when our natural satellite is at its shortest distance from Earth. But there’s even more incredible news related to the Snow Moon.
How the Snow Moon can affect sleeping schedules
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a conclusive study was conducted by researchers from the National University of Quilmes in Argentina, UW, and Yale University. They used wrist monitors to track the sleeping habits of 98 people from Argentina’s Roba/Qom community for a three-year-period. For another three-year-period, the researchers monitored the sleeping patterns of 464 students from the Seattle area. One of the official statements wrote:
Unexpectedly, the changes in sleep duration and onset throughout the moon cycle resembled those of the Toba/Qom people.
Another important statement of the study was the following:
Our data seem to show that humans — in a variety of environments — are more active and sleep less when moonlight is available during the early hours of the night. This finding, in turn, suggests that the effect of electric light on modern humans may have tapped into an ancestral regulatory role of moonlight on sleep.