Full Wolf Moon Eclipse Will Be Visible in the Sky Today | 22 Words

Don't you just love a good moon? We sure do - there's just something magical about that big glowing orb in the sky.

On our earth that's increasingly seeming like a scary place, the moon remains basically untouched and still has that mysterious, mystical beauty about it.

And the first full moon of the decade seems set to be a smasher. Scroll on for all the details - and keep your eyes on the skies!

Ready to look up?

The first full moon of the decade is set to appear today!

What do you need to see it?

Well, actually, you didn't need any fancy equipment to catch this moon - you just need to know what you're looking for.

It might be hard to spot.

Because this moon is going to appear between midday and 4 pm - when the sky isn't particularly dark.

But it's worth looking out for.

Because we're set to have a penumbral eclipse during this, the first full moon of the decade.

It's different from a total lunar eclipse.

It's so named because the moon moves into the Earth's outer shadow - which is called the penumbra.

This causes the moon to look super dark.

Think of a penumbral eclipse as a sort of mini-version of a total lunar eclipse.

It'll be a darker shade than the usual full moon.

But not the typical deep red tone of a proper lunar eclipse.

It's set to last for 4 hours.

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And it'll be best visible overnight in Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia and Australia.

North America will have a harder time.

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Because the moon will be best visible during the first 4 hours of the afternoon - meaning way more light pollution.

So where's the best place to see it?

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Apparently residents of parts of Alaska, eastern Maine and parts of northern and eastern Canada are best placed for a view.

The first full moon of the year gets a special name, too.

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It's called the "wolf moon," which anyone has to admit is a pretty metal name.

But why?

Well, according to legend, it's because of the many wolves who used to howl for it.

And it's not just the moon you should look for.

To the west, the bright star fairly low in the sky is actually the planet Venus. Venus is going to continue getting brighter until April, so you'll be sure to spy it.

And (obviously) this isn't the only moon action we get this year.

Normally, we get twelve full moons annually.

But this year, we get thirteen.

October has full moons - the second of which is called a blue moon.

You know the phrase "once in a blue moon?"

That's where it comes from! You learn something new every day.

But to make this blue moon even spookier?

It falls on Halloween - making it an even rarer occurrence.

It's set to be a stellar year for moon lovers.

We're also set to have 2 supermoons (where the moon is larger and brighter in the sky) on March 9th and April 7th.

Here's a full list of the moon dates for your diary.

After today's wolf moon, February 9th has the snow moon, March 9th has the worm moon, April 7th the pink moon, May 7th the flower moon, June 5th the strawberry moon, July 5th the buck moon, August 3rd the sturgeon moon, September 2nd the corn moon, October 1st the harvest moon, October 31st the blue moon, November 30the the beaver moon, and December 29th the cold moon.

Lots to look forward to!

But if you're truly passionate about the moon, scroll on. NASA is planning on sending people back there in 2024!