Daily Postcard: Wolf Moon Illuminates Night Sky

‘Wolf Moon’ emerges Wednesday in the sky over White Rock. The ‘Wolf Moon’ reached its peak Wednesday taking over the night sky as the highest full moon of the year, according to Forbes. Per The Old Famer’s Almanac, the January full moon was named the ‘Wolf Moon’ because ‘wolves were more often heard howling at this time. It was traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but it’s known today that wolves howl for other reasons,’ the outlet reported. Howling and other wolf vocalizations are generally used to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds and coordinate hunting. Other names used for the January full moon include the ‘Cold Moon’, ‘Frost Exploding Moon’ and ‘Freese Up Moon’. Names of moons often come from Native American culture or date back to colonial times. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs