The Moon is one day from being completely Full, as it climbs into the east-northeast during the fading twilight. By 7:15 PM, the Moon has climbed more than one third of the way up in the east, directly below the two stars called the Twins of Gemini, with Castor the higher of the pair, and Pollux closer to the Moon.
Tonight’s skies feature the Full “Wolf” Moon, so named by Native Americans for the wolves that would gather outside villages in the deep of winter. It sits well below the Twins of Gemini, and well to the left of the bright star Procyon. It has also been called the Old Moon, and the Hunger Moon.
With the Moon just one day past Full, can you make out the “Man in the Moon” – created by the darker regions of the Moon? Another common figure is a rabbit or hare, with two long ears at the top, a body curved down the left side, and feet near the bottom.