Wolf moon: Full moon and lunar eclipse delight skywatchers

James Marshall
January 13, 2020

Astronomy enthusiasts were treated to the first full moon of 2020 on Friday evening, also known as the "wolf moon", which coincided with a lunar eclipse.

He pointed out that there are three types of eclipses, which are total and partial, in addition to the silhouette, where the moon crosses in the first type in the region of the earth's shadow. The position results in a full moon, but one that is darker than usual because of the shadow cast by the Earth onto the lunar surface.

In January, the full moon is sometimes labelled a "wolf" moon, an unusual celestial label which seems to have stuck.

But those expecting the moon to turn red, a phenomenon dubbed the blood moon, were disappointed.

The identify 'wolf moon, ' coined by Europeans and Native Americans, comes from the howling of wolves that may very well be heard within the depths of winter.

Earlier on Friday, Andrew Peters captured breathtaking scenes of the full moon setting over an ancient ridge in the picturesque Shropshire Hills.

While January's full moon is named after the wolf, full moon in other months also have names to do with natural phenomena occurring at that time of year. It's thought that it is going to be a "Super Snow Moon" - a supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs when its orbit takes it closest to the Earth.

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