Wolf Moon Rises in Wuhan’s Night Sky

A full wolf moon is on the way

In recent years, it has also led to moon names infiltrating pop culture, with the first full moon of the year apparently dubbed the "wolf moon" - here's everything you need to know.

Sputnik comes live from Wuhan, China, where thousands of people will be lucky enough to witness the full moon on Thursday night.

The January full moon occurs on Thursday 28 January, with it reaching its fullest at 7.16pm, according to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

The Wolf Moon in January will be followed by the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Pink Moon, the Flower Moon and the Strawberry Moon.

"It was traditionally thought that they howled due to hunger, but there is no evidence for this", the publication says.

When is the January 2021 full moon?

The Wolf Moon is believed to have taken its name as wolves howl more often at this time of year, thanks to a scarcity of food.

These moon names, and their purported meanings, have gained increased traction in recent years, with the labels generally attributed to Native American tribes.

Sky watchers will be treated to three supermoons in 2021.

The first full moon of 2021 and the second one of the winter season will be viewable over Kamloops and the Okanagan later this week. In addition, two lunar eclipses will occur in 2021: A total lunar eclipse on May 26 and a partial lunar eclipse on November 19.

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