A FULL ‘Wolf Moon’ will be visible on the evening of Monday, January 17.
The lunar event marks the first full moon of 2022.
Full moons happen when the Moon is situated on the opposite side of Earth to the Sun, which means its face can be fully illuminated.
How to view the Wolf Moon
If you live in an Eastern Time zone city like New York, the Moon will rise at 4:31 pm EST on Monday and will appear at its highest at 6:48 pm, according to NASA.
For those across west-central Africa, central Europe, Eurasia, and Australia, the wolf moon will be visible on Tuesday.
You should look for the Moon to “rise from the northeastern horizon around sunset that evening,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
“Stay warm, but when the sky is clear, take advantage of these early nightfalls and late sunrises to get out, look up, and share the wonders of the sky!” NASA’s Gordon Johnston advised in a statement.
The Moon will appear full for three nights from Sunday night through Wednesday morning.
Where does the name ‘Wolf Moon’ come from
The name ‘Full Wolf Moon’ is associated with early Native American tribes who observed hungry wolves howling outside their camps around the same time of year as this phenomenon.
The lunar event is known by several other names, too, including the ‘Old Moon,’ and the ‘ice moon’.
The January moon has also been called the ‘Moon after Yule’, which is a three-day winter solstice festival in pre-Christian Europe.
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