Moon enthusiasts might feel sad that 2017 is soon ending mainly because it was a year that was full of celestial events. However, they should not feel bad because 2018 has a lot of surprises in store too. And the first one of them will take place on January 1st. Because of an alignment between our calendar cycle and the lunar cycle, we will be able to witness a full moon. Experts have nicknamed it the Wolf Moon and its peak will happen at 9:24 P.M. ET. Even if you won’t be able to watch it then, the moon will continue to be bright and full for the next few days too.
This event will take place because the Gregorian calendar, the one that the majority of cultures use nowadays, does not coordinate with the lunar cycles and with the seasons. With this in mind, it should be easy to understand that this full moon happening on the first day of 2018 is purely coincidental.
The Wolf Moon
Currently, the moon is in a part of its orbit when it gets closer to Earth than normal. Experts call this an almost perigee. This means that the Wolf Moon will be just a bit bigger than the normal moon. As for its interesting nickname, it is based on the system of full moons that the Algonquin tribes of New England initially used.
The Chinese people have another name for it, the Holiday Moon. Also, in the southern hemisphere, people call this moon the Buck Moon, the Hay Moon or the Thunder Moon. The reason for this is that in that part of the world, January is the first month of summer.
It’s interesting that January will also have another moon, the blue one. This phenomenon is possible because the month has 31 days, so the cycle can happen during the same month. That will happen on January 31st.
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