Having risen at 4.44pm GMT tonight (10th February) only to set again at 7.30am GMT Saturday morning before rising again at 5.56pm GMT on Saturday evening (please remember that because the lunar month is on average 29 days long the dates will vary each year), yes, I shall be celebrating my birthday not just under any full moon but under a full moon known as a Snow Moon.
Dating back to the times when the Native Americans named each of the full moons in order to keep track of the seasons, February's full moon is known as Snow or Hunger Moon as it is very often the month to see the most snow making hunting harder due to the inclement weather conditions.
But that's not all.
Doubly blessed with a second celestial event visible in the UK over my birthday (not that tonight's moon will look unusual as unlike several of the other moons it is not a scientific phenomena ...
The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will be visible from 10.30pm on February 10, peaking at 0.43am on February 11 and ending at 2.52am.
But what of the other months?
According to the Native Americans ...
- January: Wolf Moon. Representing the wolves who were often heard howling outside of the villages at this time of year
- March: Worm Moon. As the temperature begins to warm so the ground begins to thaw, the earthworms to rear their heads
- April: Pink Moon. Named for the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring
- May: Flower Moon. Representing the flowers now in full bloom
- June: Strawberry Moon. For the month which sees strawberry picking at its peak
- July: Buck Moon. In honour of the buck beginning to grow their antlers
- August: Sturgeon Moon. Named by the fishing tribes for the sturgeon, most readily caught at during this month
- September: Harvest Moon. Named for the corn typically harvested at this time of year
- October: Hunter's Moon. A time when the hunters rode easily over the land, animals easily spotted
- November: Beaver Moon. A time when the beavers are busy preparing for winter, the tribes set traps hoping to ensure a good store of fur
- December: Cold Moon. The month when temperatures typically plummeted, winter taking a firm hold.