Night sky alert: Wolf Moon meets lunar eclipse

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A treat for skywatchers.

Something rare and beautiful is happening if you know where to look, and when to look.

The Wolf Moon (or the January full moon) will be glimpsed in the skies which would coincide with the penumbral eclipse — both firsts in the year.

The naming of the moon dates back to the Native Americans’ habit of naming the celestial body according to common features they had observed while tracking the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.

Thus the term Wolf Moon to name the January full moon in reference to the howling wolves usually heard during that time.

A young wolf moon shot over the skies of Cebu by award-winning photojournalist Victor Kintanar. He writes on his post "Tonight’s Wolf Moon revealed to me a burning animal. As if souls of the millions of animals trapped in forest fires around the world are saying goodbye." | Photo by Victor D. Kintanar
A young wolf moon shot over the skies of Cebu by award-winning photojournalist Victor Kintanar. He writes on his post “Tonight’s Wolf Moon revealed to me a burning animal. As if souls of the millions of animals trapped in forest fires around the world are saying goodbye.” | Photo by Victor D. Kintanar

Wolves, according to observation, howl more during the winter times to define territory, or gather their pack to hunt.

When is the Wolf Moon?

The full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, will occur on the 10th at 19:21 GMT (or 3:21 am Philippine time the next day).

It will coincide with a penumbral lunar eclipse that will be seen over Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

Source: www.space.com, www.timeanddate.com, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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