Variable sky conditions over the last week have offered a diverse back drop for the moon, which reached full phase on January 9 at 2:30 a.m. ET. Currently waning (95% full), the moon still appears almost perfectly spherical in the night sky.
According to Joe Rao of Space.com, the January full moon is known as “Full Wolf Moon” for the reason described:
Amid the cold and deep snows of mid-winter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages.
Rao noted the January full moon is also sometimes referred to as the “Old Moon” or the “Moon after Yule.”
The image above “Moonrise monument” was taken by Navin Sarma who described the photo accordingly:
Just past sunset, the near full moon rises beside the Washington Monument and a silhouetted tree. A small aperture setting was used to “burst” the moonlight onto the scene.
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