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#925512 - 12/30/17 06:07 AM Look for the Wolf Moon January 1st - it's super!
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Did you see the Cold Moon on December 3rd? It was a full perigee moon, a moon that's full when at the closest point in its orbit. That's often called a "supermoon".

Well, here comes another one on New Year's Day. The Wolf Moon is also a supermoon.

And the full moon after that will make it three in a row.


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#925527 - 12/30/17 11:39 PM Re: Look for the Wolf Moon January 1st - it's super! [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Sometimes the media are full of stories about a supermoon. They may even include dire predictions of earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters. What is a supermoon and should you be worried - or excited?

What Is a Supermoon
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#925537 - 12/31/17 09:58 PM Re: Look for the Wolf Moon January 1st - it's super! [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Full Moons: What's in a Name? [from National Geographic]

For millennia, humans have used the movement of the moon to keep track of the passing year and set schedules for hunting, planting, and harvesting. Ancient cultures the world over have given these full moons names based on the behavior of the plants, animals, or weather during that month.

DECEMBER: COLD MOON
The coming of winter earned December's full moon the name cold moon. Other names include the long night moon and the oak moon.

JANUARY: WOLF MOON
Native Americans and medieval Europeans named January's full moon after the howling of hungry wolves lamenting the midwinter paucity of food. Other names for this month's full moon include old moon and ice moon.
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#925557 - 01/01/18 09:41 PM Re: Look for the Wolf Moon January 1st - it's super! [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Lots of beautiful pictures of the New Year "supermoon". Here is one of my favorites - the Moon over Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire, England. It's very atmospheric.

If you missed the Wolf Moon last night, have a look tonight. (We were clouded out last night, and it looks like it'll be the same tonight, but you may have better luck with the sky!) It won't look significantly different to last night.
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#925662 - 01/07/18 05:42 AM Re: Look for the Wolf Moon January 1st - it's super! [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Here is Greg Diesel-Walck's photo of the January 1st Wolf Moon rising over the Potomac River in Washington DC. This year's Wolf Moon is also a "supermoon", the biggest of 2018.
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#925663 - 01/07/18 05:52 AM Re: Look for the Wolf Moon January 1st - it's super! [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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