A full wolf moon is a celestial event visible in the morning sky of January 12. This represented the first full moon from the lunar calendar of 2017. Specialists shared some advice concerning how to spot the full wolf moon and many other data about this fantastic event which may offer a splendid view of the celestial object.
- Experts have announced the full wolf moon which will dominate the night sky of January 12.
- The name of this cosmic event comes from Native American tribes who kept track of seasons by naming the full moon of every month.
- Besides the full wolf moon, on the night sky, Venus will shine brighter then ever, appearing as a big star.
The name comes from a nickname which was previously given by experts when naming the full moon occurring in January. In the past, Native Americans were used to gave nicknames to the full moon of every month to be easier for them to keep track of the seasons. Based on the data provided by the magazine the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the January full moon usually appeared in the sky when wolves howled outside the villages, suffering from great hunger during winter time.
This is how the nickname appeared and continued to be used through colonial times, being used even nowadays. Other Native American tribes named the full moon of January as the snow moon because in January it usually snows. Nevertheless, many tribes used snow moon to refer to the moon of February since this month was considered to be the one more rich in snowfalls.
On Thursday, January 12, the full wolf moon was visible in the early morning, just before the sunrise. It will also appear in the evening sky when it begins its rise in the eastern part at 5:26 p.m. in the New York metro region. Specialists claim this celestial event will reach its peak at midnight, being bound to set on Friday, January 13 at 7:58 a.m. in the western sky.
Apparently, researchers pointed out that full moons usually look best when they begin to rise and especially during the hours before the new day breaks. In the eastern of the US, the full wolf moon reached its highest point, being in its full phase, shortly before sunrise on January 12, meaning at 6:34 a.m. for the New York metro region.
What is more, besides this amazing celestial event there is also another one coming. After sunset, on January 12, and on January 13 before dawn, Venus will also be visible, looking like the brightest star in the night sky. Keep your telescope at hand because spectacular cosmic events are soon to come!
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