We've certainly got a howling wolf pack in the area, and if you time it just right, so you are outside after dark at just the right moment, you can listen to them howling. It's amazing, under the full moon, to hear wolf music from the hill. Winter full moons are incredible all by themselves, their bright light reflecting back off the snow until you can read by the light outside. Whoever said that night was dark has never been out of doors in a Canadian wilderness area under a full moon.
Bright doesn't begin to describe it. But then, this particular moon is particularly big, and bright. Here's why.
The moon is, on average, 238,855 miles (384,400 km) from Earth. The moon's orbit around Earth – which causes it to go through all its phases once every 29.5 days – is not a perfect circle, but rather an ellipse. One side of the orbit is 31,070 miles (50,000 km) closer than the other.
So in each orbit, the moon reaches this closest point to us, called perigee. Once or twice a year - like now - perigee coincides with a full moon making the moon bigger and brighter than any other full moons during the year.
The scientists tell us it will be about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than lesser full Moons of the year. Go ahead, run out with a ruler, and measure it.
So, out you go, look at the sky. And keep an ear open for the music in the hills.