THE new year will welcome in a stunning “Wolf Moon” which will be seen in Britain on January 1 and 2.
Sky watchers will enjoy the event as the moon is “at perigee”, meaning it is at its closest point to Earth during its monthly orbit.
It means that during this period, the moon will be brighter and appear larger than usual.
The amazing event is dubbed a “Wolf Moon” because historically it is said that wolf packs howled loudly during its appearance.
And it is hoped that the moon should appear in clear skies in Britain on New Year’s Day.
With a yellow warning for heavy rain issued in the coming days by the Met Office from 6pm on Saturday to 9am on Sunday, up to once inch is predicted as likely to fall – meaning 2017 will come to a close in wet conditions.
“With the ground very wet in these areas, this is likely to lead to rising water levels and some flooding in places,”
the Met Office said.
But despite a squally start, conditions are expected to ease by the time people head out to see in the new year.
Meteorologist Alex Burkhill said:
“The good news is the worst of the weather will clear by midnight for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“There will be some wind and rain in the South and West, and the North and East have a better chance of staying dry.
“It will be a chilly night, but not exceptionally cold and the breeze might blow a few fireworks in slightly different directions but it shouldn’t cause too many problems.”
You can find out more about upcoming full moons and where they got their names here.
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