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Full moon 2021: What time will the Wolf Moon be visible and how can you see it in the UK?

Tonight marks the Wolf Moon rising over the UK (Picture: Getty) Don’t be alarmed if...

Tonight marks the Wolf Moon rising over the UK (Picture: Getty)

Don’t be alarmed if when you close your curtains tonight there’s a great big moon staring right back at you.

Tonight (Thursday, January 28 2021) sees one of the brightest moons of 2021 when the Wolf Moon rises over the UK.

The Wolf Moon’s name originates from the native Americans noting how wolves had grown hungry through the long winter.

A recent study also revealed how tonight’s Full Wolf Moon will affect your sleep.

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While this is the first major moon of the calendar year, it certainly won’t be the last.

The other moon names for the rest of the months of the year include Snow Moon in February, Worm Moon in March, and Pink Moon in April.

But here’s what you need to know about tonight’s Wolf Moon.

What time will the Wolf Moon be most visible?

January’s full Wolf Moon will reach a peak illumination in the UK on Thursday, January 28, at 7:16pm.

You should be able to view it from anywhere in the UK but cloudy skies may make it less visible in certain places.

However, don’t worry if you don’t want to interrupt your Emmerdale viewing, the Wolf Moon will still appear brighter than usual for up to three nights around its peak.

The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the moon’s Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.

A full moon happens roughly every 29.5 days meaning the next full moon will be the Snow Moon which will peak on February 27.

A tree is lit up from the light of the moon
Expect plenty of pretty views of the moon like this one this evening (Picture: Getty)

How can I see the Wolf Moon?

You don’t really need us to tell you this. All you have to do is head outside and look up.

Wherever you are in the UK, you should be able to get a good look at the moon from 7pm onwards.

Remember to wrap up warm and, if you plan to photograph the moon or the night sky you want as wide an f/stop as your lens allows, and shutter speed of about 20 seconds.

Any more than that and the stars will start to blur.


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