I wanted to know more about this WOLF MOON that will appear tonight. So, naturally I went and did a little research.
Fox News Reports the next full moon, known as the “wolf moon,” will occur on the evening of Monday, Jan. 17.
According to a NASA blog, the moon will appear opposite the sun in Earth-based longitude at 6:48 p.m. EST.
Time and Date reported Friday that moonrise in New York City is at 4:31 p.m. EST.
For west-central Africa and central European time zones and eastward across the Africa, Eurasia and Australia, the wolf moon will be on Tuesday.
It will appear full for around three days, from Sunday night through Wednesday morning.
“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 said in a statement.
According to the Maine Farmers’ Almanac, this full moon is called the wolf moon based on stories about packs of wolves heard howling outside villages.
Other names include the ice moon, the old moon and the moon after Yule: the three-day winter solstice festival in pre-Christian Europe.
In the Hindu calendar, this full Moon is Shakambhari Purnima, the last day in the eight-day Shakambari Navratri holiday.
In Myanmar, the wolf moon corresponds with the Ananda Pagoda Festival. The festival is a week-long celebration of this Buddhist temple built in 1105 A.D. in the city of Bagan.
For Sri Lankan Buddhists, this is Duruthu Poya, commemorating Siddhartha Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka.
“This full moon is in the middle of the 12th month of the Chinese calendar, Shevat in the Hebrew calendar, and Jumada al-Thani in the Islamic calendar, also known as Jumada al-Akhirah or Jumada al-Akhir. In the Hebrew calendar, the 15th day of Shevat is the holiday Tu BiShvat, which will be observed from sunset on Sunday, Jan. 16, to nightfall on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Tu BiShvat is also called “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” (literally “New Year of the Trees”). In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration,” NASA explained further.
While Grunge Reports, The “wolf moon” is the first moon of the new year. In 2022, the full wolf moon will occur on January 17, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which popularized the custom of naming moons.
The tradition largely comes from indigenous North Americans, many of whom used moons with their calendar system (as did Europeans before Julius Caesar) and associated each moon with certain traditions or natural phenomena. Colonizers adopted and tweaked this system for their own use, and sometimes used their own names in place of the tribal names. They also put each moon inside their own European calendar months, so that the “wolf moon” is the first moon in January, though not necessarily the first moon after the winter solstice. (Less commonly, some people do count the moons within solstices and equinox, according to EarthSky, though this too is not quite what pre-Columbian North Americans used [via Britannica]). Some of the names may also come from pagan European names for the months, such as the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic calendar systems, according to Newsweek.
It isn’t clear if the name “wolf moon” actually came from a Native American tribe, but the idea seems to be that wolves can be heard howling at the moon at this time of year (via Old Farmer’s Almanac). People used to believe that wolves howled out of hunger, which made sense for the middle of winter, though now it’s thought that wolves actually howl as a form of communication with other wolves.
The actual Native American moon names for the month of January varied by tribe and region. According to the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, other names for this moon include the Great Spirit Moon (Anishinaabemowin), Ice Moon (Catawba), Windy Month (Cherokee), Cracking Tree Moon (Mahican), and the aptly named Someone’s Ears are Freezing Moon (Oneida). The Assiniboine people called it the Center Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, because it marks the middle of the cold season.