BRITAIN’s skies will be illuminated by the Wolf Moon tonight as stargazers are treated to breathtaking views.
The annual lunar phenomenon – which occurs every January – will be visible throughout the evening as stunning pictures capture views of the moon across the country.
Amazing moments captured the first full moon of 2022 this morning as it rose above city monuments including St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard.
Meanwhile, hikers can see the moon in all its glory as it looms over spiers like Stonehenge and Glastonbury’s St Michael.
And this evening stargazers have been urged to head out for the moon spectacle when visibility is said to be at its best.
The rare Wolf Moon is also largest at night but will continue to look big tomorrow.
The Super Moon is a combination of two different astronomical effects.
That’s when a new or full moon coincides with a cycle – the Moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
A Moon must be within 90% of its closest approach to Earth to be officially identified as a Super Moon.
That means the Moon needs to be within 224,865 miles of Earth and be a Full Moon to kick off.
The name Full Wolf Moon is associated with early Native American tribes.
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The team is said to have observed hungry wolves howling outside their camp at the same time of year as the phenomenon.
The lunar event is also known as the Moon After Yule and the Old Moon.
How to detect the Wolf’s Full Moon
To fully detect the Wolf Moon, you should find it again tonight. (January 17).
If there are no clouds, it will be visible to the east from the afternoon but will become more visible after sunset when it gets dark.
In the UK you should look around 7pm because the higher you go, the smaller it will appear.
The Wolf Moon will then peak at 11:48 pm.
Offering tips for stargazers in his guide to full moons for January and February, NASA’s Gordon Johnston urged stargazers to view the phenomenon when possible.
“Stay warm, but when the sky is clear, take advantage of these early evenings and late dawns to get out, look up, and share in the wonders of the sky,” he said.
Different types of moons
Here are some of the most exciting moon phases and when to see them…
ONE Blue Moon refers to the occasion of the second full moon appearing in the same month, which is very rare.
The Harvest Moon appears around the time of autumn when farmers tend to harvest their main crop.
ONE Super moon appears when it is at its closest point to Earth and therefore at its brightest point.
ONE Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse.
Each month of the year actually has its own special full moon phenomenon, they are as follows:
- January: Wolf Moon
- February: Snow moon
- March: Worm Moon
- April: Pink Moon
- May: Full moon
- June: Strawberry Moon
- July: Buck Moon
- August: The sturgeon moon
- September: Full Moon
- October: Hunter’s Moon
- November: Beaver of the Moon
- December: Cold moon.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8221658/wolf-moon-spectacular-photos-2022/ The first full moon of 2022 lights up the night sky over England in breathtaking photos