The first full moon in 2022 will be the wolf moon, which is expected to adorn our skies on January 17 at 11:48 p.m.
This full moon was so called because the villagers heard the herds of wolves howling from hunger at this time of year. It is also known as the Old Moon, Ice Moon and Snow Moon, although the latter is usually associated with the February full moon.
Here we have put together a complete guide to the Moon, the only natural satellite of the Earth and the largest and brightest object in our night sky, which has fascinated and inspired humanity for centuries.
From the supermoon to the blue moon, here everything is explained in one place.
When is the next full moon?
The next full moon, otherwise known as the wolf moon, will reach its peak on Monday, January 17 at 11:48 p.m.
How often does a full moon appear?
A full moon appears every 29.5 days and occurs when the moon is fully illuminated by the sun’s rays. It occurs when the Earth is directly aligned between the Sun and the Moon.
While most years see 12 full moons, some have 13. That means they will see two full moons in a few months, with the other known as the Blue Moon.
This happened in 2020, when our skies were adorned with 13 full moons, two October full moons, and four penumbral lunar eclipses.
Why do full moons have different names?
The early Indians did not record time using the months according to the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead, the tribes gave each full moon a nickname to monitor the seasons and lunar months.
Most names refer to an activity or event that occurred at each location at the time. However, this was not a single system and the tribes named and counted the moons differently. Some, for example, counted four seasons a year and others five. Others have defined the year as 12 moons, while others say there are 13.
Colonial Americans adopted some of the names of the moons and used them in their calendar system, so they are still in line with Farmer’s Almanac today.