The first full moon of 2017 – dubbed the Wolf Moon – rises this week, a signal that North America is deep into winter and the wolves are hungry. Thursday morning at 6:34 marks the beginning of the full moon for those of us in the Eastern time zone, but there will be no significant difference in size when it rises in the east-northeast, Thursday evening.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, January’s moon was called the Wolf Moon by American Indian tribes because “wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.” But it is also called the Hunger Moon, Old Moon and Snow Moon. “The Full Moon Names we use in the Almanac come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior,” The Almanac notes. “They are the names the Colonial Americans adopted most.”
Moonrise on Thursday may be blocked by clouds and showers in some parts of Florida. The National Weather Service is putting the rain chances at 20 percent in the evening, although daytime is expected to be mostly sunny.
As long as you’re looking up, EarthSky recommends finding the winter circle of stars.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, the Wolf Moon rises Thursday evening at 6:18 p.m.; in Minneapolis at 5:35 p.m.; and in San Francisco at 5:55 p.m.
Source: Kim Miller, The Palm Beach Post, January 9, 2017.