The moon is just a splinter in the night sky at the moment, but in just under a fortnight it will shine in full splendor while we enjoy the spectacular wolf moon.
But moon fans will really howl for joy when we are spoiled with two super moons this year – in June and July.
A super moon is when the moon is in its orbit to earth at the same time as a full moon is at its closest point in its orbit
While there is an upcoming lunar eclipse in May, you must be in America, Australia, New Zealand or East Asia to see this.
The first full moon of 2022 is the wolf moon on Monday, January 17th, which climaxes at 11.48 p.m.
Early Indian tribes named the first full moon of the year after the wolf, as this was the time of year when packs of animals howled outside their camps.
After the wolf moon, the next is the snow moon on February 16, which stems from the cold, snowy weather in North America, says Royal Museums Greenwich.
Then it is the worm moon on March 18, the Indians named it after the worm tracks that would appear in the freshly thawed ground.
After the April 16 Pink Moon (named by Native Americans for an early blooming wildflower), the May 16 Flower Moon will be a total lunar eclipse that could give it a distinctive reddish color known as the ‘blood moon’ .
The two supermons – on June 14th and July 13th – are Strawberry Moon (associated with harvesting the fruit in North America) and Buck Moon (when male deer begin to regrow their antlers).
Why do we see a super moon?
The reason we see a super moon is not because the moon is physically getting bigger. The moon’s orbit around the earth is not a perfect circle, but an ellipse.
This means that in some points it is closest to the earth (a lunar perigee) and in other places it is further away (a lunar apogee).
When a full moon coincides with a lunar perigee, you get a super moon.
Full moon list 2022
January 17th (11.48 p.m.) Wolf Moon
February 16 (4:56 p.m.) Snow Moon
March 18th (7.18 a.m. Wurmmond)
April 16 (7:55 p.m.) Pink Moon
May 16 (5:14 am) Flower Moon (total lunar eclipse)
June 14th (12:51 p.m.) Strawberry Moon SUPERMOON
July 13th (7:38 pm) Buck Moon SUPERMOON
August 12 (2.36 a.m.) disturbing moon
September 10 (10:59 a.m. Corn / Harvest Moon)
October 9th (9:55 p.m.) Hunter’s Moon
November 8th (11.02 a.m.) beaver moon
December 8th (4:08 am) Cold moon