The first full moon of 2022, known as the wolf moon, will rise about 24 minutes before the sun sets on the US’ East Coast tonight.
The name for the January moon stems from how packs of wolves were heard howling outside of outside the villages amid the cold and deep snows of winter.
The wolf moon will rise at 4:31pm EST and peak at 6:48pm EST – and it will be visible until Wednesday.
This will be on Tuesday from West Central Africa and Central European Time Zones eastward across the rest of Africa, Eurasia, and Australia to the International Date Line.
The first full moon of 2022, known as the wolf moon, will rise about 24 minutes before the sun sets on the US’s East Coast tonight. The wolf moon has already appeared in the UK. Here it s hanging behind St Michael’s Tower
Some skygazers will also see a bright star next to the glowing moon tonight. This is Pollux, a star that’s part of the Gemini constellation, NASA shared in a blog post.
Both Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible, but the planets will be opposite the moon above the southwestern horizon.
And the next full moon is set for February 16, known as the new moon.
There will be 12 full moons this year, two of which will be supermoons – full moons that are brighter and closer to earth than normal.
The name for the January moon stems from how packs of wolves were heard howling outside of outside the villages amid the cold and deep snows of winter. The wolf moon will rise at 4:31pm EST and peak at 6:48pm EST – and it will be visible until Wednesday
Along with dazzling in the night sky, a full moon is also known to impact human’s mood, sleep and appetite when it appears.
Full moons of 2022
• February 16: Snow moon
• March 18: Worm moon
• April 16: Pink moon
• May 16: Flower moon
• June 14: Strawberry moon
• July 13: Buck moon
• August 11: Sturgeon moon
• September 10: Harvest moon
• October 9: Hunter’s moon
• November 8: Beaver moon
• December 7: Cold moon
On the night of a full moon, we get an average of 30 minutes less deep, dreamless sleep, while our best sleep tends to happen on the night of a half moon.
However, while the moon is full everyone will experience less sleep, but women have a more dramatic drop in REM – rapid eye movement sleep, during which we dream – sleep, there is a spike of REM sleep for men during a full moon.
The full moon can knock our appetites out of whack, too.
During deep sleep, we produce more of a hormone called leptin, which helps us to feel full and satisfied. Meanwhile, grelin, which has the opposite, hunger-inducing effect, goes down.
And then our moods are impacted by a full moon.
One biologist found in his research that the mood swings of his bipolar patients corresponded to the lunar calendar, and thinks this could be down to tidal pulls acting on the human body.
When there are big events in the lunar cycle, like the full moon, this might cause notable mood changes, leading us to be more prone to snacking as we reach for a sugary treat to pick us up again.
Mike Hardman, Marketing Manager at Alliance Online, said in a statement: ‘Overall, there is still a lot of research left to be done on the relationship between humans and the moon, and the effect that it has on our appetite is no exception.
‘However, there are various studies to suggest that a full moon can disrupt sleep, which can make you feel peckish. So, if you find yourself tossing and turning, and reaching for the snacks around this time of the month, the full moon might be to blame.
‘If you often get the urge to have a late-night snack around this time, try to avoid sugary foods or caffeine-containing treats like chocolate, as these can keep you awake even longer. Instead, go for snacks like nuts, berries, or whole wheat toast. These will fill you up without disrupting your sleep cycle.’