The 'snow' moon is coming up and here's what you need to know

Watch for the Snow Moon Tonight

You've heard of a blue moon, you've heard of a blood moon, but have you ever heard of a 'snow' moon? If you haven't, you'll get the chance to see one over North America's night skies on Monday.

Since the lunar cycle is about 29 days long, February has no full moon once almost every 19 years. This year, the snow moon will be visible at 1:20 p.m. EST Monday, and maintain its full appearance into the night.

It's called a snow moon because each full moon has a different name for the month it falls in. For February, it's a snow moon since the second month of the year typically sees the highest snow average (January gives it close competition).

(More: What Is Your Snowiest Month of the Year?)

Moon names trace all the way back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S., according to the Farmers' Almanac. Tribes made full moon names in order to help track the seasons and make each moon unique.

Another nickname for the full moon was 'hunger' moon. Tribes coined that name from the brutal weather conditions that made hunting near impossible, says Moon Connection.

'Bone' moon was also used since there was a shortage of food and people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

Related: See winter weather across the country so far this month:

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February winter weather across U.S.
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The 'snow' moon is coming up and here's what you need to know
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Ai Koid, 25, fights gusty wind chills and snow while walking to the bus stop at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., February 13, 2016, to catch a bus to New York. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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