1st full moon of 2021 to rise Thursday night

1st full moon of 2021 to rise Thursday night”

The full moon will rise in the east after sunset on Thursday, Jan. 28, and will glow all night long, as long as cloudy conditions do not obscure the sky. NASA says even if the skies aren't clear, the moon's brightness will still be able to shine through. Other names used for the January full Moon include the "Cold Moon", "Frost Exploding Moon" and "Freese Up Moon".

"By season, as the first full Moon of winter, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States named this the Wolf Moon, from the packs of wolves that howled hungrily outside the villages amid the cold and deep snows of winter". While it won't be officially full until Thursday, it will look like it for about three days, from Wednesday night through early Saturday, according to NASA's Gordon Johnston, who does a monthly skywatch report.

The full moon will serve as a great reference point for stargazers trying to find Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

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The federal space agency says the Wolf Moon goes by many names, including the Candles Moon, Shakambhari Purnima, Paush Purnima, the Thaipusam festival Moon, the Ananda Pagoda Festival Moon, Duruthu Poya, and the Full Moon of Tu B'Shevat.

Last year's "wolf moon" saw an eclipse which was described as a "Super blue blood wolf moon eclipse".

To the naked eye, the moon will appear close to full for a couple of nights either side. This is known as syzygy and happens when Earth is exactly between the Moon and the Sun. The first full moon of 2021 is on the way and it has quite possibly the coolest name of them all.

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