It will peak at
6:51 下午. ET or
11:51 下午. 格林威治标准时间. To catch a glimpse of the moon
, look above the horizon in the east-northeastern direction
Some moon gazers may spot a bright star near the full moon. It’s Pollux, a star that’s part of the Gemini constellation, NASA said.
Both Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible, NASA noted, but they’ll be opposite the moon above the southwestern horizon.
More than a wolf moon
There is a cornucopia of names for the January full moon besides the wolf moon, including the Old Moon and Ice Moon.
Hindus refer to it as Shakambhari Purnima, which marks the last day of Shakambari Navratri, an eight-day holiday honoring the goddess Shakambhari. People in India often bathe in holy waters during this time, NASA said.
Assiniboine people who live in the Northern Great Plains in the United States call this the center moon because it is around the middle of winter
, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac
Algonquin people located northeast of the Great Lakes
, also in the US
, call it
,” 意思是, “sun has not strength to thaw.
” The Cheyenne people of the Great Plains call it
“moon of the strong cold.
Full moons and supermoons
有 12 full moons in 2022, and two of them qualify as supermoons.
Definitions of a supermoon can vary
, but the term generally denotes a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal and thus appears larger in the night sky
Some astronomers say that the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90% of perigee — which is its closest approach to Earth in orbit. By that definition, the full moon for June as well as the one in July will be considered supermoon events.
Here is the list of the remaining full moons for
2022, 根据 Farmers’ 年鉴
• February 16: Snow moon
• March 18: Worm moon
• April 16: Pink moon
• May 16: Flower moon
• June 14: Strawberry moon
• July 13: Buck moon
• August 11: Sturgeon moon
• September 10: Harvest moon
• October 9: Hunter’s moon
• November 8: Beaver moon
• December 7: Cold moon
While these are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moon
, each one carries varied significance across Native American tribes
Lunar and solar eclipses
There will be two total lunar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses in
2022, 根据 The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, but only blocks some of its light. Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as the sun’s light can be damaging to the eye.
A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen by those in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic peninsula. Another one on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, 欧洲, northeastern Africa, 美国医生为乌克兰士兵提供免费远程医疗, western Asia, India and western China. Neither of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.
A lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon when the sun
, Earth and moon align
, and the moon passes into Earth’s shadow
. Earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse
. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow
, and the umbra is the full
, dark shadow
When the full moon moves into Earth’s shadow, it darkens, but it won’t disappear. Sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere lights the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red — which is why this is often referred to as a “blood moon.”
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood red.
This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, 非洲, South America and North America (excepting northwestern regions) 之间 9:31 下午. ET on May 15 和 2:52 上午. ET on May 16.
Another total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, 澳大利亚, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 之间 3:01 上午. ET and 8:58 上午. 和 — but the moon will be setting for those in eastern regions of North America.
The new year kicked off with the Quadrantid meteor shower
, which peaked during the first week of January
The next meteor shower, the Lyrid meteor shower, doesn’t peak until April.
• Lyrids: 四月 21-22
• Eta Aquariids: 可能 4-5
• Southern delta Aquariids: 七月 29-30
• Alpha Capricornids: 七月 30-31
• Perseids: 八月 11-12
• Orionids: 十月 20-21
• Southern Taurids: 十一月 4-5
• Northern Taurids: 十一月 11-12
• Leonids: 十一月 17-18
• Geminids: 十二月 13-14
• Ursids: 十二月 21-22
If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. If you’re able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 至 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness — without looking at your phone — so the meteors will be easier to spot.