In the northern hemisphere this is the Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside. This moon has also been know as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule.
In the southern hemisphere let’s call this the Thunder Moon, on account of thunderstorms being most common in January. The first full moon of the year is also the Rumble Moon or the Lightning Moon.
In July of 2020, three spacecraft were launched toward Mars. Today, the first of these, named “Hope”, arrives. This is the first deep space explorer launched by the United Arab Emirates. It is tasked with a study of Martian weather.
Tomorrow, on the Wednesday the 10th, China’s Tianwen-1 arrives on the red planet. Their robotic orbiter will circle around Mars making preparations to (hopefully) land a rover on Mars in May.
Finally, on Thursday the 18th, NASA’s latest Martian robot will attempt to land on the surface carrying “Ingenuity”, an experimental helicopter tailored for the Martian atmosphere.