Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wolf Moon-January 2010


Here is what I hope will be the first in a series of 12 full-moon shots. We all know how the weather can be around here so I'll just be taking it one month at a time. Maybe I'll get lucky and get all twelve.


The following information was taken from Space.com. I was not out at 1:18 a.m. to get this shot.


Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes of a few hundred years ago kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.


Jan. 30, 1:18 a.m. EST -- Full Wolf Moon. Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. It was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule. In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon. The Moon will also arrive at perigee (it's closest point to Earth on its non-circular orbit) less than three hours later, at 4:04 a.m. EST at a distance of 221,577 mi. (356,593 km.) from Earth. So this is the biggest full moon of 2010. Very high ocean tides can be expected during the next two or three days, thanks to the coincidence of perigee with full moon.

1 comment:

simon said...

great shot- my moon photos rarely turn out well...