In 2022 Boston was lucky enough to experience super moon sightings like the cold moon and “super blood moon.” On Friday, January 6, we’ll have yet another opportunity to experience another gobsmackingly stunning moon- the full “wolf moon!”
What is a full ‘wolf moon?’
This type of moon sighting gets its name as from villagers who noticed when this moon appeared wolves would often be found howling, according to Farmer’s Almanac. Wolf moons are also referred to as “center moons” as they mark the middle of the winter season.
The full “wolf moon” is also a “micromoon,” the exact scientific opposite of a “supermoon.” A “micromoon” is when the full moon is in apogee, the point in orbit when the moon is farthest from the earth– 252,600 miles away to be more specific.
When to catch the full ‘wolf moon’ in Boston
The full moon will appear before sunset on Friday, January 6 during moon rise which is usually around 4:30 PM. Given the cloudy forecast predicted for tomorrow, it might be difficult to visibly notice the full “wolf moon.” It will continue to illuminate the night sky until moonset around 8 AM on Saturday, January 7.
You might have something to howl at early on Saturday morning around 4-6 AM with clear skies and hopefully a nice viewing of the moon!