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January full “wolf” moon splendor (PHOTOS)

Via NASA: Multiple images of the International Space Station flying over the Houston area were combined into one composite image to show the progress of the station as it crossed the face of the (waxing gibbous) moon in the early evening of Jan. 4. (NASA)

According to Joe Rao of, 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.”

“Moonrise monument” by photographer Navin Sarma on January 8

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.

Check out more great photos from this collection posted to our Facebook page (allow a few seconds for the page to load)...

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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