An eerie full Wolf Moon will be lighting up the sky on January 28 and it will last for two or three nights.
Astronomers are getting ready to witness the phenomena’s impending arrival and Europe will have front row seats for the Wolf Moon Eclipse, and it can also be seen from Africa, Asia and Australia.
The Moon will hit full illumination at 7.21pm GMT (2.21pm EST) tonight and it's the first one of 2021.
Full moons happen when the Moon is situated on the opposite side of Earth to the Sun, which means its face can be fully illuminated.
The name Full Wolf Moon has a spiritual meaning, and is associated with early Native American tribes who observed hungry wolves howling outside their camps around the same time of year.
The lunar event is also referred to as the Moon After Yule and the Old Moon.
How to spot the Full Wolf Moon
To spot the Wolf Moon at its fullest, those interested should look for it on January 28.
If there's no clouds, it should be visible in an easterly direction from the afternoon but will be more visible after sunset when it gets dark.
In the UK, viewers should look around 7pm but in the US people should look earlier in the afternoon around 3pm ET.
As it gets higher the moon will appear smaller.
Earlier risers can look for the Wolf Moon on the morning of January 29, and just before sunrise it will be low on the western horizon.
Why do Full Moons happen?
Full Moons take place when the Earth’s natural satellite is positioned on the opposite side of the planet and directly across from the Sun.
The face of the celestial orb is as a result fully illuminated.
This Full Moon will be all the more special because it coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse.
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the partial shadow of planet earth.
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