The first full moon of 2021 – “Wolf Moon” – shines in the sky tonight

First of all Full moon The night sky will be lighter on Thursday, January 28, 2021 of the year. But you don’t have to wait until the middle of the night to see it – the full “Wolf Moon” moon reaches peak light in the afternoon.

Why is it called Wolf Moon?

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon of January is often referred to as the “wolf moon”, as a reference to the wolves that Howell did at this time of year, although it remains unclear whether the name Stems from a Native American tribe? , As the name of the moon generally does.

A large number of other names have been used to describe this month’s moon, including Candles Moon, Snow Moon, Hungry Moon, Center Moon, Cold Moon, Frost Blast Moon, Freeze Up Moon, Grave Moon and Hard Moon Huh.

“From what I learned about the traditional names given to full moons before the beginning of modern timekeeping, local leaders would usually decide on the name of the moon based on that time. These cultures usually did not need such a calendar. That specify the exact dates. From long ago, “NASA’s Gordon Johnson said this week, explaining a large number of names. “Full moon names were described and to remind us of what happened in the past and what was likely to happen in the near future. In addition, many different origins for full moons American names. “

Waxing moon in cloudy sky
The moon appears between the clouds in the sky above Aachen, Germany, on January 26, 2021, two days before the full wolf moon.

Vassilios Svestopoulos / Nurpotho via Getty Images

When to wolf moon

Under clear circumstances, the full Wolf Moon will begin at 2:16 pm ET. It will glow throughout the night when it appears after rising above the horizon around sunset.

To get the best view of the moon, look at your local moonrise and moon time, and find a clear area to take in a larger view of the sky. Don’t worry if you miss it on Thursday – the moon will appear full for several days through Saturday morning.

Skywatching in 2021 may not be as dramatic as last year COMET NEOWISE or Great agreement, But it promises some spectacular moons. Unlike 2020, which saw 13 full moons, 2021 will have a specific 12 full moons:

  • February 27: Snow Moon
  • March 28: Worm Moon
  • April 26: Pink Moon
  • May 26: Phoebe Moon
  • June 24: Strawberry Moon
  • July 23: Buck Moon
  • 22 August: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 20: Harvest Moon
  • October 20: Hunter’s Moon
  • 19 November: Beaver Moon
  • December 18: Cold Moon


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