NASA shares stunning ‘Wolf Moon’ image, explains what it is

On December 30, NASA shared the image of a “wolf moon” on its official social media accounts showing Earth’s natural satellite in full view for the 13th and last time in 2020. The space agency American further explained why the full moon was called the “wolf moon”. NASA clarified that different cultures have specific names for each of the full moons that appear throughout the year and that these names coincide with what is happening in nature at around the same time.

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The Algonquin tribes, which can be found in the northern and eastern United States called this moon, “ wolf moon ” because the pack of wolves howled angrily outside the villages in cold weather . He added that another name of the name of the wolf is the “ice moon” and that by month the full moon in December is also called “cold moon”. The last full moon of 2020 appeared in Earth longitude at 10:28 p.m. EST opposite the Sun on December 29 and was scheduled to appear for three days.

Besides the tribes in the United States, NASA said, “Europeans called this the Moon after Yule, a 3-day winter solstice festival in pre-Christian Europe. In the 10th century, King Haakon I associated Christmas with Christmas as part of the Christianization of Norway, and this association spread to all countries that follow European traditions. Another English name for this Moon is the Old Moon.

“As the full moon closest to the winter solstice, it is the nocturnal long moon. The plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth almost matches the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, ”he added.

Mentioning all the cultures of the world, the US space agency also noted what the full moon in December means to Hindus and declared it to be “ Datta Jayanti ” to commemorate the birthday of the Hindu god Dattatreya (Datta ). He further added, “For Buddhists in Sri Lanka, it is Unduvap Poya” before noting that the same moon can be called “Chang’e Moon” “after the three Chinese lunar landers launched at this time of the year. year in 2013, 2018, and 2020. “

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