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You can get the skinny on the full moon of January, known as the "Wolf Moon," during a free webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory tonight (Jan. 12).

The show will feature live views of the moon, which officially reached its full phase this morning, from Slooh's telescopes in Chile and Spain's Canary Islands. You can watch the webcast at, beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST (0130 GMT on Friday, Jan. 13).

You can also watch the full moon show here at, courtesy of Slooh.

  • Supermoon! Not only is it the biggest full moon of the year, it's super cool.
  • Full Moons: They come around every month and light up the night.
  • Lunar Eclipses: There's nothing more spectacular than a blood-red moon in Earth's shadow.
  • Blue Moon: They're rare and amazing, if not actually blue.
  • Solar Eclipses: The moon has the power to block out the sun!

Slooh host Gerard Monteux, Slooh astronomer Bob Berman and Slooh's "human spirit correspondent," Helen Avery, will discuss historical and cultural components of the Wolf Moon and other full moons during the webcast, which will also feature live footage of real-life wolves.

"Myths and legends surrounding wolves and their interaction with the moon run deep through a number of cultures," Slooh representatives wrote in a statement.

"From werewolves to lupe-garu, the idea that the moon had an effect on men pops up in one form or another across the globe, dating back all the way to antiquity," they added. "Helen will explore a number of these tales throughout the show to help our viewers decide if they or their neighbors could be one of these mythical beasts."

All of the year's full moons have names, which were given to them by Native Americans living in the central and eastern parts of North America. For example, August's full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, and September's is the Corn Moon or Harvest Moon.

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