Amazing Wolf Moon dazzles over the sky; know the interesting fact about the first full moon of 2022

Ahead of the February breeding season of wolves, the month of January witnessed the first full moon of the year which dazzles in the sky with its beauty and it is called Wolf Moon. Photographers around the world captured night’s lunar event, alongside some stunning landscapes on January 17, BBC reported.

The special name Wolf Moon is based on a well-known myth. According to a report, it was named after wolves that were thought to howl more frequently this time of year. According to NASA, the full moon has been dazzling in the sky since January 17, at about 6:48 p.m. EST. NASA also says the wolf moon will appear full for about three days around the same time.

In addition to the Wolf Moon, in the month of January, the full moon is also known by many names, including the Old Moon and the Ice Moon.

NASA scientists have given explanations regarding the emergence of this special type of moon and it includes serval myths. According to NASA, the day has been marked as the Shakambhari Purnima, in which Hindus perform several rituals at that time. It is an eight-day holiday honoring the goddess Shakambhari. People in India often bathe in holy waters during this time, NASA said.

Moreover, the Wolf Moon comes after the emergence of the planet Mercury. Mercury will be ready two minutes before evening twilight ends, but it might be visible earlier in the twilight before it sets. Soon after that, the Wolf Moon will appear about 13 degrees above the east-northeastern horizon near the bright star Pollux, the brighter of the twins in the constellation Gemini.

NASA says Jupiter will also be visible, appearing 20 degrees above the southwestern horizon at about 6:14 p.m. EST. Saturn will then appear, 2 degrees above the horizon just below Jupiter, and will set 15 minutes later.

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The year 2022 will mark the appearance of a total of 12 full moons, and two of them qualify as supermoons. These include Snow Moon, Worm Moon, Pink Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Buck Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Beaver Moon, and Cold Moon.