Some people are suggesting that we can see something called “Wolf Moon” in the final week of January.
First and foremost, you should know that the name has been derived from a heard of canines howling during the winter months.
Some internet claims have suggested that a “Wolf Moon” will be available for the sky enthusiasts residing in North America on the night of January the 28th, 2021.
And NASA has confirmed that the “Wolf Moon” will indeed be seen on January the 28th.
The news is a delight for all the astro-boffins and other space enthusiasts who might want to have a piece of the eye-feast that will adorn the sky on January the 28th.
On that night, sky-gazers can feast their eyes with the sight of the full moon (which will be the first of this decade). Why is this full moon so special? Well, the full moon will appear alongside the planets Mercury and Mars, and since it will be seen in January, it is commonly called “Wolf Moon.” “Wolf Moon” is very likely to appear in the skies, at least in some parts of the world.
If the astronomical statistics of NASA are to be believed, the full moon will reach its apex point of illumination at 2:16 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January the 28th. However, people who want to see the “Wolf Moon” in the sky can only do so at the time of sunset (which is expected to be around 17:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time), according to the date and time given by NASA.
It is imperative to understand that the full moon seen in different months of the year are named differently, and there is not anything special about it. Take the example of June’s Full Moon, for instance, it is named as “strawberry moon,” since strawberries arrive in the market all around the world at that time.
“Harvest Moons,” as you can imagine, has been named since they are seen during the fall season.
Apart from “Wolf Moon,” the January full moon is also called the Center moon, Freeze moon, Frost Exploding moon, Cold moon.
Next month’s full moon will be called Bear moon, Raccoon moon, Eagle moon, Snow moon.
As per the study of the website called The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the “wolf” prefix has been originated from American and European history and not because of the irrational folklore that wolves howl at the full moon. The truth is that Wolves always howl during peak winter time (especially during January). Why do they do that? Because they need to assemble with one another, and they need to create a familiar bond with each other.
Remember the dialogue, “the lone wolf dies and the pack survives.”
“Wolf moon,” always marks the first full moon of the winter season, which generally begins from the solstice of December the 21st. However, this time a “cold moon” did appear in the night sky on December the 29th, 2020.