The ‘Wolf Moon’ Is Coming At The End Of January

Most of us have been waiting an entire year for 2021 to arrive. Now that it is here, we want to look forward to the future with a good outlook, and here’s one way to do it.

On January 28, just after 2 p.m. on the East Coast of the United States, the moon is going to be full.

It’s the first full moon of the new year, and every January, it is known as the Wolf Moon.

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BBC reports that the name comes from either Anglo-Saxon or Native American sources and marks the time of the year when wolves tend to be louder.

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Since a full moon comes around about once per month, there are usually 12 in any given year. Each moon is given a unique name and the one in January is the Wolf Moon, because of the howling of wolves during that time of the year.

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You may have heard different names for the moon, depending upon the tribe that named it. Other names for January’s full moon include the “freeze moon” or “cold moon.”

As I’m sure you realize, January is a cold month, and that is how it got its name.

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There are a number of lunar events to watch out for in 2021 and the Wolf Moon is the first on the list.

The Snow Moon is next on the list, as it appears on February 27. There will also be four super moons throughout the year, on March 28, April 27, May 26, and June 24.

A super moon takes place when the moon is closer during its orbit than the average distance from the earth. Although it is not scientific in nature, the moon does look brighter so it is nice to see.

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May 26 is also a date to watch because there will be a full lunar eclipse. A partial eclipse will be visible in the United States and Canada on November 19.

A “Ring of fire” annular eclipse takes place on June 10. This is a solar eclipse that occurs when the entire disk of the sun is not blacked out, making it look as if a ring is appearing in the sky.

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Parts of North America will be able to see that event. There will also be a total eclipse on December 4, but you will have to be in Antarctica to see it.

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