This week, the Skywatcher will be sent to the last full moon of the year. The Wolf Moon will officially be full on Tuesday night, but it will still look like a full moon until Thursday.
In fact, this is the 13th full moon of the year. Wait for twelve months and 13 full moons-2020. The October lunar cycle pushes us towards this month. There were two full moons that month, one rose on October 1st and the other on Halloween.
Gordon Johnston explained in a recent NASA blog that this week̵
“According to the season, as the first full moon in winter, it is now named “Wolf Moon” by the Algonquin tribes in the north and east of the United States. It comes from the wolf howling hungry outside the village in the cold and deep snow winter Group,” he said.
Its other names include “ice moon”, “old moon” or “moon after Yule” in season.
“Europeans call this the moon, after the three-day winter solstice in Europe before the Christians. In the 10th century, as the Christianity of Norway, King Haakon I linked Christmas to Christmas as part of the Christianization of Norway. This connection has spread to countries that follow European traditions.”
Because it is the closest full moon to our winter solstice on December 21, this week’s moon is also called the long night moon, marking the shortest day of the year, the longest, and the darkest night.
“The moon will stay in the sky for a total of 15 hours and 27 minutes, and when the sun goes down, the moon will stay in it for 14 hours and 31 minutes. This makes Wednesday night December 29-30, 2020 one of the longest full moons. Night. Annual”, he said.
In his blog, Johnston performed calculations in NASA’s Washington, DC office, but the situation in Michigan is roughly the same.
This week’s full moon is also the last full moon in ten years. Think we end ten years in 2019? Calendar purists say no. According to EarthSky, New Year’s Eve is the last gathering of the decade, and January 1, 2021 marks the beginning of the next decade.
“Although it is somewhat arbitrary, most people regard the full moon of December 12, 2019 as the last full moon of the decade (2010-2019). Purists insist that the full moon of December 30, 2020 is As the last full moon of this decade, 2020 (not 2019) ends the second decade of the 21st century (2001 to 2100).
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