In Native American and early Colonial times, the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. The link between Wolves and the Moon are longstanding. Legends about Wolves and the Moon permeate many cultures, dating back thousands of years. Other than being called a Full Wolf Moon, it is just a normal Moon. Or not? The Full Wolf Moon will coincide with a hard-to-see penumbral lunar eclipse. During this eclipse, the Moon will pass through Earth's faint outer shadow, called the penumbra. This is the first of 2020’s six eclipses (two solar and four lunar). Observers in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa may see the Moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase of this penumbral lunar eclipse. Most penumbral lunar eclipses cannot be easily distinguished from a usual Full Moon. The Moon turns full on January 10, at 17:00 UTC. Full Moons can incite a whole host of fears and superstitions, but January's Full Wolf Moon will have one real effect. It will bring with it extreme tides in coastal areas. When the Moon is full, it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. The opposing gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun causes the most extreme tides of the lunar cycle with high tides reaching about two feet higher than they do during other parts of the month. Residents in coastal areas should be alert during spring tides following the Full Moon. Watch the Full Wolf Moon shine from sundown to sunup on the night of January 10, 2020. Step outside and enjoy the first Full Moon of the year!