2021's First ‘Wolf Moon’ Is Coming — Here’s How and Where to Watch

The first full Moon of 2021 is just days away!

On Thursday, Jan. 28, the "Wolf Moon" will reach its peak, taking over the night sky as the highest full Moon of the year, according to Forbes.

Per The Old Famer's Almanac, the January full Moon was named the "Wolf Moon" because "wolves were more often heard howling at this time."

"It was traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but we know today that wolves howl for other reasons," the outlet reported. "Howling and other wolf vocalizations are generally used to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds, and coordinate hunting."

Other names used for the January full Moon include the "Cold Moon," "Frost Exploding Moon" and "Freese Up Moon." Names of moons often come from Native American culture or date back to colonial times.

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When to Look for the "Wolf Moon"

Experts say that the best time to see the full Moon will be at moonrise or moonset, as the Moon will be too bright at its peak for people to look at. According to Forbes North America is set to have the "best view" of this January full Moon, particularly between moonrise and sunset.

In New York City, moonrise will reportedly occur around 5:00 p.m. ET, while sunset will be at approximately 5:09 p.m. on Jan. 28. On the West Coast, Los Angeles is expected to see the sunset at around 5:20 p.m. PT, and the moonrise at 5:24 p.m.

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You can confirm your city's moonrise and moonset times using The Old Farmer's Almanac calculator.

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How to Watch the "Wolf Moon"

In order to clearly see Thursday's "Wolf Moon," experts recommend looking from at least a second-floor balcony or window — the higher, the better, as long as it is safe.

Once in position, simply wait for moonrise, and you should be able to see the circular phenomenon at around that time.

If you happen to miss the "Wolf Moon," or you simply love stargazing, the next full Moon is expected to appear Saturday, Feb. 27. This one is called the "Snow Moon."

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