Tonight's the Night for the January 2021 Full ‘Wolf Moon'

The Wolf Moon will reach peak illumination at 1:18 a.m.

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Skywatchers in North Texas can expect to catch a glimpse of the first full moon of January 2021, known as the "Wolf Moon," from dusk till dawn beginning Thursday.

What is the Full Wolf Moon?

January's full moon was given the name "Wolf Moon" by Native Americans. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, one explanation about how this name originated is that wolves were more frequently heard howling at this time of the year compared to other seasons due to hunger.

How to Watch the Full Wolf Moon

The full moon will rise in the east after sunset on Thursday and will shine all night long, as long as clouds do not obscure the view. The Wolf Moon will reach peak illumination at 1:18 a.m.

The Wolf Moon will appear brighter as it rises in the winter sky. The moon will also appear full Wednesday and Friday evenings.

When is the Next Full Moon?

After January, the next full moon will shine on Feb. 26 & 27. That full moon is known as the Hunger Moon, named from the end of winter when wild animals are most hungry. Near it will be a bright star known as Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.

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