Howl at the Moon!!!

wolf-moonSince we get the honor of seeing a Blue Moon on New Years Eve… after the clock strikes twelve, the moon will still be full.  So then you’ll need to howl at it, because full Moons in January are called Wolf Moons.

Technically the January full Moon occurs on the 10th at 9:27 p.m. CST.
Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. That is how the name came to be.  Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next months Moon.

The moon will also be at a perigee (its closest point to the Earth) on this day at 5:00 a.m. CST.  You can also expect a very high ocean tide from the coincidence of a perigee with the full Moon.

So if you missed out on New Years Eve, then try again on the 10th at 5:00 a.m.

Happy New Year Everyone!!! -CK

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This post was written by qni_it on December 30, 2009

5 Comments so far

  1. WI Weather Buff December 30, 2009 11:13 AM

    Yeah, my dog got started early – he was howling at “something” at 2:30 a.m. today and I was about ready to send him on a trip to the moon!

  2. billy December 30, 2009 12:36 PM

    Can you have a full moon on the 31st and then again on the 10th???

  3. Eric Sorensen December 30, 2009 4:18 PM

    billy: full moons occur in cycles every 29.53 days. That’s whay blue moons are so rare and only occur when there’s a full moon in the first day or two of the month. -ES

  4. Jim H December 30, 2009 5:53 PM

    🙂 This post is reminding me of the infamous Three Wolf Moon t-shirt on Amazon. The comments there are hilarious. http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Three-Short-Sleeve-Black/dp/B000NZW3KC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=apparel&qid=1262213371&sr=8-1

  5. Mongo December 30, 2009 7:42 PM

    Yea, there’s no way to have a full moon on the 31st and then again on the 10th of the next month. 2009 had a full moon on the 10th of Jan. The next full moon after Friday will be Jan 30th. THAT’s the Full Wolf Moon for 2010.

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