Look up and catch a glimpse of the first full Moon of 2022!
Known as the Wolf Moon, the first full moon of the year will grace our skies on January 17. It is thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more likely to be heard howling in hunger during mid-winter.
While the ‘Wolf Moon’ is a Native American name, other sources claim that it has origins in the early middle ages – where the January Full Moon was also called the Moon after Yule, which is the time of the ancient festival celebrating the Winter Solstice.
In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on.
The Wolf Moon will be at its peak at 11:48 p.m. GMT.
How often does a full moon occur?
A full moon occurs every 29.5 days and happens when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun’s rays. It occurs when the Earth is directly aligned between the Sun and the Moon.
The next full moon, known as the Snow Moon, occurs on 16 February 2022.