Full Snow Moon of 2023: Smallest ‘micromoon’ of the year tonight

An illustration of February


It might be cold outside, but witnessing a full moon is always a treat for skywatchers — particularly when it’s a special one. 

February’s Full Snow Moon rises on Sunday (Feb. 5) and will be the smallest full moon of the year, thanks to the current position of the moon in its orbit. Its distance from Earth will make this Snow Moon a “micromoon,” the opposite of a supermoon. While most observers won’t be able to tell a difference with the unaided eye, this month’s full moon will appear up to 14% smaller than a supermoon.