The moon reaches its “fullest” phase at 3:26 p.m. today, so when it rises at about 6:05 p.m., it will be shining brightly, with clear skies expected. The International Space Station will meanwhile make a few passes over Maryland this week, but clouds could block it.
You might call it the "Full Snow Moon," which is the name the Farmer's Almanac and Old Farmer's Almanac call February's full moon. February was often the snowiest month of the year for Algonquin American Indian tribes from New England to the Great Lakes. It's usually the snowiest month of the year in Baltimore, too.
Going by the lunar calendar, though, this month's moon gets a different name. As the third full moon since the winter solstice, it is known as the Sap Moon, Lenten Moon, Crow Moon or Worm Moon, according to EarthSky.org.
The International Space Station will pass over just as the moon is rising on Monday night. It will appear as a bright light, brighter than a star, moving swiftly across the sky. It will appear in the northwest about 6:20 p.m., staying low, close to the horizon, as it moves southeast in view for about 5 minutes.
The space station will "set" on the southeast horizon, right near where the full moon will rise.
The bright star opposite the space station's path through the sky is Jupiter, appearing about overhead but slightly toward the southwest.
The space station will again pass over Tuesday night, but rain showers are expected as almost a certainty to block the view.