Kent will have the chance to enjoy a lunar spectacle later this week when a “wolf-filled moon” rises in the night sky.
The nights can stay long during these cold winter months, but at least there is a period of bright moonlight when waiting.
This is because we are ready to enjoy the first full moon of 2021, affectionately christened “Wolf Moon”.
The phenomenon occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun and therefore fully reflects its light.
As a result, the entire face of the moon is illuminated.
But why is it called Wolf Moon?
It is believed that the name comes from the fact that wolves were most often heard howling at that time outside the villages, often hungry and without food.
But there is no general consensus and others suggest that the nickname originated with Native American tribes, who adopted the idea as a timing method.
Other names for this month’s full moon include old moon and ice moon.
So when can I see this Wolf Moon?
On Thursday evening, the full moon in January will be in the sky over the UK.
But his glare should look stunning to the naked eye for a couple of nights on either side.
It will go up shortly after 4pm for most of Thursday evening and will probably be at its peak just over three hours later, around 7.15pm.
Although you don’t have to run outside with the telescope, as it won’t get back on until 8am the next morning, so you’ll have plenty of time to observe it throughout the night.
Last year’s wolf moon saw an eclipse that was described as a “super blue blood wolf moon eclipse.”
This year we will only have to settle for a moon full of wolves.
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