The year begins auspiciously with a full Moon on the 1st that is also the closest Moon of 2018—a “Supermoon.” Learn about the Full Moon for January 2018—plus Moon phases, best days to do things, and facts and folklore!
A second full Moon falls on the 31st, and brings the year’s only eclipse for North America just before dawn. Its total phase can be seen west of the Mississippi and from western Canada.
Full Moon Names
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.
Traditionally, the January Moon is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next Full Moon, in February.
See all Full Moon names and their meaning.
Moon Phases for January 2018
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
||Full Moon: January 1, 9:24 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: January 8, 5:25 P.M.|
|New Moon: January 16, 9:17 P.M.|
|First Quarter: January 24, 5:20 P.M.|
|Full Moon: January 31, 8:27 A.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
January Full Wolf Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about January’s Full Wolf Moon. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in January 2018
Aboveground crops: 20, 21, 29, 30
Belowground crops: 10, 11
For Setting Eggs:
8, 9, 26, 27
See al our Best Days for various activities.
A bright first Moon promises rain and a bountiful harvest; a red-tinted Moon means a dry year.
A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
A halo around the Moon predicts wet or stormy weather.