January 2017 Full Moon

“Wolf Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Tomorrow (January 12th) is the full moon and we may have a bit of a break in the weather here in Maine to actually see it. The moment of the full moon will occur tomorrow morning at 6:33 am (all times Eastern US). Tonight will actually be your best chance weather-wise here in Maine to view the full moon, with moonrise occurring at 3:50 pm and sunset following at 4:18 pm.

If you are lucky enough to be able to see past the atmosphere tomorrow, moonrise will be at 4:55 pm here in midcoast Maine (after sunset).

The most common name for January’s full moon is the Wolf Moon, named for the time of year when food and game were scarce and wolves roamed the snowy landscape. Other names that I’ve used for my full moon photographs in past years include the Quiet Moon, Moon of the Strong Cold, and the Great Spirit Moon. I’ve included a few past January moons here in this post, and you can see more of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project here.

“Quiet Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Strong Cold”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Great Spirit Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

 

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