EARTH – While this weekend marks the peak of a notable meteor shower and skies are exceptionally clear, firey streaks in the heavens may be almost impossible to see due to the bright light of another glorious natural event, this month’s full moon.
The Wolf Moon will peak at 05:53 a.m. on Monday, January 5, though its strength and beauty are already visible rising over the mountains, generously illuminating the forest and fields, and perhaps causing a little extra howling among local coyotes and even human wildlife.
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While full moons can be associated with anything from temporary insomnia to temporary insanity, scientific studies have proved less than conclusive. Whatever affect the Wolf Moon in January has on the collective psyche, a long gaze upward may prove beneficial to those who are able to brave the frigid nighttime temps.
For those who are unable or unwilling to go outside, photographer Virginia Lazar has done us all the favor of providing a stunning shot of the Wolf Moon as of the evening on Saturday, January 3. Whether you’re inside or outside, enjoy this first bright moon of a year full of things that have never been before.
A White Blossom by D.H. Lawerence
A tiny moon as white and small as a single jasmine flower
Leans all alone above my window, on night’s wintry bower,
Liquid as lime-tree blossom, soft as brilliant water or rain
She shines, the one white love of my youth, which all sin cannot stain.