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Wolf Moon, first full moon of 2022, to light up the sky Monday night

According to NASA, the first full moon of 2022 will rise tonight at 6:48 p.m. and it's called a "Wolf Moon."
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INDIANAPOLIS — The final week of January will feature the first full moon of 2022, a celestial event that has several nicknames with origins that can be traced to January's wintry weather. The moon will rise Monday evening at 6:48 p.m., according to NASA.

The January full moon is also known as the "Wolf Moon," as people may believe they hear wolves howling more often during this time of the year. 

Some weather-related nicknames for January's full moon include the "Freeze Moon," the "First Exploding Moon" and the "Cold Moon," according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

As of late Monday afternoon, we still have lots of clouds. Skies are forecast to clear overnight, but it will be several hours after the moonrise that you will be able to see it here. Luckily, the moon will be glowing all night long and it will be visible through Wednesday morning. 

But the moon won't be the only thing lighting up the sky Monday. You may also see the brighter star in the constellation Gemini, known as Pollux, near the full moon. 

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The next full moon is on February 16 and it is called the "Snow Moon."