The Wolf Moon (January Full Moon 2022)

Monday, January 17, 2022 - 7:57pm

The first full moon of the year is known as the wolf moon and that is also what is pictured above as I captured this photo tonight.

The moon was named after wolves that were thought to howl more frequently this time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

More than a Wolf Moon

There is a cornucopia of names for the January full moon besides the wolf moon, including the Old Moon and Ice Moon.

Hindus refer to it as Shakambhari Purnima, which marks the last day of Shakambari Navratri, an eight-day holiday honoring the goddess Shakambhari. People in India often bathe in holy waters during this time, per NASA

Assiniboine people who live in the Northern Great Plains in the United States call this the center moon because it is around the middle of winter, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

If the weather permits I plan on featuring a blog with every full moon that occurs in 2022. I will explain why they got their names and sharing the photo's I am able to capture of them along the way.

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