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Wolf Moon: January Full Moon Phases

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It's the Wolf Moon! Find January Full Moon phases for 2016—plus, best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more.

Full Moon Names

January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It 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 Phase Dates January 2016

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

Last Quarter: January 2, 12:30 A.M.
New Moon: January 9, 8:30 P.M.
First Quarter: January 16, 6:26 P.M.

Full Moon: January 23, 8:46 P.M.
Last Quarter: January 31, 10:28 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full 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 video.

Best Days in January 2016

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in January.

For Planting
Aboveground crops: 13, 14, 21, 22
Belowground crops: 4, 5, 31

For Setting Eggs
1, 2, 19, 20, 28, 29

For Fishing

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Folklore:

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.

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Hello friend I seen something

By Abhinav H Chaudhari

Hello friend I seen something called a white smokey substance around the full moon what its called it seems amazing and I love to see more and more today I'm going to watch that but I can't see why ? Can you answer me what it is ?

A bright Moon covered by a

By Almanac Staff

A bright Moon covered by a thin layer of high clouds can sometimes make the Moon appear wispy. The light from the Moon (actually, from the Sun that bounces to the Moon, then bounces to Earth) will reflect and refract through ice crystals in the clouds. Sometimes, this will just cause a filmy glow around the Moon; at other times, you might see a rainbow prism on the clouds or an actual lunar halo (circle of light) around the Moon. In rare cases, you might see two faded small white moons to either side of the Moon, as part of a lunar halo: these are called moon dogs (or mock moons or paraselenae), also caused by light passing through ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Hi, we are planning to move

By rsaberon

Hi, we are planning to move to our new house by next year January, do you have any suggestions what's auspicious date?

I used to check the best days

By Mrs. Bombdog

I used to check the best days list for when to advertise to sell. I can't find it on the Best Days Timetable or anywhere on the site. Is it still available?


Here is our Best Days

By Almanac Staff

Here is our Best Days timetable: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable We haven't changed the activities in years, sorry.  We update the dates every month.

Is there really any

By Alicia Trevathan

Is there really any correlation with a female's monthly cycle and moon phases and/or the tides in the ocean? It seems mine IS, LIKE CLOCKWORK!

Surely if the lunar cycle

By Winifred

Surely if the lunar cycle controlled the female menstrual cycle, all women would ovulate simultaneously and all women would have their period at the same time.

In many cultures, the Moon

By Almanac Staff

In many cultures, the Moon has been a symbol of fertility. Scientific studies have been conducted to try to determine whether there is indeed a link between the lunar cycle and women's monthly cycles. A few studies have found it likely (at least in some aspect), while many others have found no correlation. You can find reports of some studies online--search site:.edu or site:.gov.

On one side of the argument, the lunar cycle is 29.5 days. The average length of a women's monthly cycle is 28 days; some individuals average longer or shorter than 28 days, so depending on one's biological clock, she may or may not be in sync with the lunar cycle. An individual's length of a cycle can also change each month depending on health, age, and other factors. Some also argue that if the Moon influenced human menstrual cycles, then it should influence the cycles of other mammals as well; so that all species would have the same length--about 29.5 days. But the average number of days in a cycle varies quite a bit between species.

On the other hand, many women find that their cycles are in sync with the lunar cycle and firmly believe that the Moon has a definite influence. They are backed by hundreds of years of cultural history.

I always heard that, playing

By gerry sattalo

I always heard that, playing bingo, gambling, lottery is lucky around full moon, is that true?

According to age-old

By Almanac Staff

According to age-old folklore, prosperity will increase as the Moon waxes. That said, we always advise:

Lucky men need no counsel.

what is the best day to

By venkat

what is the best day to attend visa in january month ending or 1st week of feb

i love this

By johanna puente

i love this !!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want your hair to grow

By jillhill

If you want your hair to grow faster, should you cut it on a new moon or a full moon?

See our Best Days to cut hair

By Almanac Staff

See our Best Days to cut hair (to discourage OR encourage growth), based on the Moon signs here: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

I say on the full moon. I

By Joyce Darnell

I say on the full moon.
I trim my hair always on the full moon.I had short hair. So i started cutting it on the full moon each month.I only have 1/4 inch trimmed off. now my hair is about 5 inches away from my waist.I have been doing this for about 2 years now.True story.

A bit more detail...I

By Tori Hickerson

A bit more detail...I understand if you want your hair to grow, you cut it CLOSEST to the time of a full moon (but not past the minute). Same as stunting the growth - closest to the new moon (but not past - OR your in the next cycle).

To enhance hair growth, cut

By Dena

To enhance hair growth, cut you hair on the new moon, this way, your hair grows better as the "moon grows"




probable because,the moon

By Joyce Darnell

probable because,the moon does not have a voice. Or because the moon is to far away to hear you.

For a few days, including Jan

By AnneB

For a few days, including Jan 17 and 18, a friend and I saw what looked liked a smaller-than-usual white crescent shape at the BASE of the invisible moon, like the shape of a bowl from the side. Can you help? Thanks

Within a day or so before or

By Almanac Staff

Within a day or so before or after the new Moon, you will see a very thin crescent of light, in the shape of a curve (like a very thin Cheshire cat smile). The curve, depending on the season, time of day, and viewer location, may be oriented so that it is like a smile, rather than having it upright like a parentheses sign.

A crescent moon is always low in the sky and appears around dawn or dusk. From January to March in the United States and other northern temperate latitudes (from 25 to 50 degrees north latitude), the crescent Moon will have its points, or horns, aimed upward, so that the Moon looks like a smile.

On the other hand, January 18, 2013, was the time of the first quarter Moon, quite a bit past new Moon. If you are saying that a thin crescent appeared below the unlit side of the Moon (on the left side), in addition to the lit right side of the Moon, then we're stumped, especially without seeing an actual image. No optical effect or phenomenon (such as Moon dogs, halos, pillars, earthshine, etc.) comes to mind that might be the cause.

Were you using an optical aid, such as a telescope or binoculars? If so, it might be something to do with the lenses and atmosphere. It probably wasn't Uranus, which you could see with binoculars around mid-January close to the Moon.

Anybody else have an idea?

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Our daughter is a labor and

By A Mother

Our daughter is a labor and delivery nurse. There is always more births on a full moon. Do you know what causes this?

In certain places, when there

By Lindamc

In certain places, when there is a ring around the moon, or haze it indicated how long til the next snowfall, because it was shining thru the snow o ice between earth and the moon.. my parents always said this and it was about always true.

I have heard that on the

By Ladonna

I have heard that on the light of the moon easy Labor on the dark hard labor and labor can come at any change of the moon...

Why do I retain more fluid

By Cancer

Why do I retain more fluid during a full moon? It happens every month!

There is an ongoing debate

By Almanac Staff

There is an ongoing debate among experts as to whether the lunar phases significantly influence our health and behavior. There are various theories as to why the Moon might influence us, including gravitational pull and vibration. Many scientific studies seem to indicate that there is no correlation between the Moon and health, or they offer results that conflict with other studies. In general, there seems to be no conclusive evidence.

If you are interested, however, you can find some of these studies online or in scientific journals. For example, the following article touches upon a related subject, urinary retention, and seems to suggest that there is a correlation with the new Moon, but not the full Moon.


For more information, you might try asking a reference librarian at your local public library or nearest university.

Water retention in general can occur for several reasons, including salt intake, reaction to medication, weather, certain medical conditions, certain allergies, etc.

Hope this helps!

Make sure someone else sees

By crankymae

Make sure someone else sees that halo. I commented to my neighbor, "Look at that halo around the moon!" She said "What halo?" Turns out I had developed unusually rapid cataracts.

I have noticed that sometimes

By Khristian

I have noticed that sometimes the moon seems to glow a yellow around the edges. What causes this?

The Moon can appear silvery

By Almanac Staff

The Moon can appear silvery white when it's high in the sky or yellowish or even orange when it's near the horizon. The reason for this is due to the Earth's atmosphere. When the Moon (or Sun) is near the horizon,
the light has to pass through a very wide path through an atmosphere filled with dust particles and the light scatters sideways.

I am moving in February,

By Kim Kostiew

I am moving in February, what's the best day to move. Should I move on the full moon.

Moving house during a waning

By Almanac Staff

Moving house during a waning moon is good luck.

Dancing on the moon...

By Pansy Jennifer Faye Collins

Dancing on the moon...

what is the best day to open

By adelyn

what is the best day to open a business?

We have best days to start a

By Almanac Staff

We have best days to start a new project. See our Best Days Timetable here: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

Looking at the almost full

By bbbaugh

Looking at the almost full moon from Fortson, Georgia, it appears to have a blue circle around the entire edge...what causes that?!

it's called a lunar halo. the

By Nikia

it's called a lunar halo. the light reflected from the moon reflects off of a thin cloud of ice particles in the atmosphere creating a circular halo of light around the moon.

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