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Wolf Moon 2022: The first full moon of the year is on Monday

Despite the fictional narrative, it has not prevented people from associating the moon with the furry animals.

The first full moon of the year is known as the wolf moon, and appears on the evening of Monday 17 January.

It peaks at 18.51 ET or 23.51 GMT. To get a glimpse of the moon, look over the horizon in an east-northeast direction, according to NASA.

Some lunar observers may see a bright star near the full moon. It's Pollux, a star that is part of the Gemini constellation, NASA said.

Both Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible, NASA noted, but they will be opposite the moon over the southwestern horizon.

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There is a cornucopia of names for the January full moon in addition to 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 in honor of the goddess Shakambhari. People in India often bathe in holy water during this time, NASA said.

Assiniboine people living 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.
Algonquin people located northeast of the Great Lakes, also in the United States, call it "squochee kesos," meaning "the sun has no strength to thaw." The Cheyenne people of the Great Plains call it "the moon of the severe cold."

Full moons and supermooners

There are 12 full moons in 2022, and two of them qualify as supermooners.

Definitions of a supermoon may vary, but the term generally denotes a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal and thus looks larger in the night sky.

Some astronomers say that the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90% of the perigee - which is its closest approach to Earth in orbit. By that definition, the full moon for June as well as that of July will be considered supermoon events.

Here is the list of the remaining full moons for 2022 according to Farmers' Almanac:

February 16: Snow Moon

March 18: Worm Moon

• April 16: Pink Moon

May 16: Flower Moon

June 14: Strawberry Moon

July 13: Goat Moon

August 11: Big Moon

• September 10: Autumn moon

• October 9: Hunter's Moon

November 8: Beaver Moon

December 7: Cold moon

Although these are the popular names associated with the monthly full moon, each one has different meanings across Native American tribes.

Lunar and solar eclipses

There will be two total lunar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses in 2022, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, but only blocks some of its light. Be sure to wear proper sunglasses to safely see solar eclipses, as sunlight can be harmful to the eye.

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A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen by those in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific and the Antarctic Peninsula. Another on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeastern Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India and western China. None of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon when the sun, earth, and moon are in line and the moon passes into the earth's shadow. The earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow.

As the full moon moves into the shadow of the earth, it becomes darker, but it does not disappear. Sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere illuminates the moon in a dramatic way and makes it red - which is why this is often referred to as a "blood moon."

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood-red.

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted when sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America and North America (except northwestern areas) between 6 p.m. 21.31 ET on May 15 and at. 02.52 ET on 16 May.

Another total lunar eclipse will also be exhibited for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 6 p.m. 3:01 ET and 8:58 ET - but the moon will set for them in eastern regions of North America.

Meteor showers

The new year started with Quadrantid meteor showers, which peaked in the first week of January.

The next meteor shower, Lyrid Meteor Rain, peaks in early April.

Here are the other showers you should keep an eye on in 2022:

• Lyrids: 21.-22. April

• Eta Aquariids: 4.-5. May

• Southern Delta Aquariids: 29.-30. July

• Alpha Capricorn: 30.-31. July

• Perseids: 11.-12. August

• Orionids: 20-21. October

• Southern Taurids: 4-5. November

• Northern Taurids: 11.-12. November

• Leonider: 17.-18. November

• Geminids: 13.-14. December

• Original pages: 21.-22. dec

If you live in an urban area, it may be a good idea to drive to a place that is not filled with city lights that will obstruct your view. If you are able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors can be visible every few minutes from late evening until dawn.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or rug so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - then the meteors will be easier to spot.

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