Full Moon for January 2019

The "Super Blood Wolf Moon"

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
Super Blood Wolf Moon (January 2019)

The Full Moon in January 2019 falls on January 20–21. Traditionally, this month’s Moon is called the “Wolf Moon.” This year brings a total lunar eclipse on Sunday evening. Here is our complete January Moon Guide!

The “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Eclipse

This Sunday’s total lunar eclipse is being called a  “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Eclipse. What a name! We’ll break it down:

What is a total lunar eclipse?
Just a few hours before the peak of the full Moon, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from all of North, Central, and South America.

  • The partial eclipse begins at approximately 10:33 P.M. EST (7:33 P.M. PST) on January 20.
  • The total eclipse begins about an hour later, at 11:41 P.M. EST (8:41 P.M. PST), and will last for approximately one hour. This is the time to look skyward!

What is a Blood Moon?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, which causes the usually bright full Moon to turn a dark, coppery-red. Hence, this eclipsed Moon is being nicknamed the ”Blood Moon” in the media. “‘Blood Moon’ is not a term used in astronomy. It’s more of a popular phrase, perhaps because it sounds so dramatic. It simply refers to a ‘total lunar eclipse.”

What is a Supermoon?
A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is both full AND reaches the point in its orbit where it’s closest to Earth (at “perigee”). A Supermoon appears ever-so-slightly larger and brighter than a typical full Moon, though the difference is negligible when viewed with the naked eye. 

See our Timeline for the Total Lunar Eclipse!

Moon Phases for January 2019

The Full Wolf Moon reaches its peak on January 21, 2019, at 12:16 A.M. EST, just after midnight (January 20 at 9:16 P.M. for those in PST). This means that the full Moon can be viewed best on the night of January 20. All dates and times below are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

New Moon: January 5, 8:28 P.M.
First Quarter: January 14, 1:45 A.M.
Full Moon: January 21, 12:16 A.M.
Last Quarter: January 27, 4:10 P.M.

When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon Dates chart.

January 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.

A howling lone gray wolf in snow-covered landscape.

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 2019

For Planting

Aboveground crops: 10, 11, 19, 20

Belowground crops: 1, 27, 28

For Setting Eggs:

16, 17, 25, 26

For Fishing:


See all our Best Days for various 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. 

Share your thoughts about this month’s full Moons below! Learn about the rest of the year’s full Moons!


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The Holy Bible reads of the moon turning to blood in the Old Testament, 488-477 BC first in the book of Joel.

Full Moon January 2018;

I ought to be able to see most of the Full Moon; some Eclipse looking NNW from a north window; I watched The Moon Set Tuesday night; the moon set behind the biggest White Pine tree around!; looking forward to the moon set tonight(am); I want to thank the Old Farmers Almanac; AnneConn.

Two "supermoons" in January

The weather is always worse after a full moon and the "supermoons" seem to exert an extra pull on the tides. The OFA prediction for the start of February is already bleak and if the start of January is any indication, this looks at least as bad.

DOUBLE Full Moon 01/01/2018

How come there isn't any mention of a Double Moon? That's what we can see here in Boston!

Blue Moon

Never knew where the phrase " once in a blue moon" came from. Very cool.

Farmer's Almanac

Always interesting and informative. Love this site.

Blue moon

A Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in one calendar month.

I love this it gives such

I love this it gives such great information.

January Full Moon

Why is it also called the "Old" Moon ?

An Old Moon usually refers to

An Old Moon usually refers to a waning crescent Moon. The Moon’s “age” each month never gets more than around 29.5 days old, but people often refer to it as “old” when it’s in the latter part of its phase.

Some Native American tribes called the January or February Moon the “Old Moon.”  By old, they are referencing that old fellow of winter. 


Moon Observing

Where would you suggest I go to find 1)date 2) time of recording 3)moon phase. I need this for a school project.... I need a full phase between Jan 5 and Feb 20 2016...I also need the pattern of moon during day light hours

Moon Phase Calendar

On this page, you’ll see the link to the Moon Phase Calendar. You can find more detailed information in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac, available digitally in our store here.

daily moon status and zodiac status

please provide the daily moon and zodiac status

Full moons & lore

Full moon calendar

january full wolf moon

What is the date of the full wolf moon in January 2016?

Wolf moon 2016

I believe it is the 23/24 of January 2016.

The date of the Full Wolf

The date of the Full Wolf Moon is on this page in the chart above:

Full Moon: January 23, 8:46 P.M. (Eastern Time)

To see the Full Moon for your area, click here for our Moon Calendar.

This is so cool because I

This is so cool because I have to write a whole paragraph on the blood moon for school.

Wolf moon aquarius

Im not sure if this is on topic but I'm an Aquarius and I honestly love the moon so much. I have a telescope and digital camera and I look at the moon as much as I can & take pictures of it. Wolves are honestly my favorite animal,and it was a coincidence that was what my moon is called. I'm very independent,aloof,and I love nature. Such as the woods or lakes etc.. it kind of makes sense to me of why it is called the wolf moon. Correct me if I'm wrong?

I forgot to mention. Every

I forgot to mention. Every full moon I go out late at night by myself on the side of my house and look at the moon & see it so captivating & feel a good sensation in my eyes and my heart.

The full moon

I also do the same thing when the full moon crosses outside of my window I open up my blinds or go outside and sit and watch the beautiful moon pass,Wishing I could touch it!

I also LOVE the moon and the

I also LOVE the moon and the stars at night. It's the most peaceful time of the day for me!

Full moon wolf Aquarius

I am Aquarius also and have always loved the moon and thunderstorms. I want to say that God is amazing and I am so in love with his creation. As his child, I feel so thankful for eternal life through his son Jesus. One night after a prayer asking if he could hear me and if he could to show me a sign. I looked up and immediately saw a shooting star. What are the odds. Only God. Amazing the love I felt and will always feel.

This is really really really

This is really really really koolzzz

4th quarter moon

When I was a kid, we always cut calves in the 4th quarter. A great Dr. we knew would only operate in the last quarter. When are the 4th quarters of 2016?

Wolf Moon, Snow Moon

Wolf Moon, Snow Moon

I love the almanac xoxoxoxox

I love the almanac xoxoxoxox

Does the moon spin on an axis like earth does

I guess because my sign is cancer I've always had an interest in the moon and also beleive stages of the moon affects my mood.

Moon rotation

Yes, the Moon spins on its axis, completing one rotation about every 29.5 days, relative to Earth, which equals the time that it takes for it to complete one revolution (orbit) around Earth. This means that we always see essentially the same side of the Moon (except for a few factors, such as libration). The Moon used to rotate faster, but over billions of years, Earth’s gravity slowed it down so that it is now in synchronous rotation. This phenomenon is called tidal locking, and the process is not yet finished: Earth’s rotation is also slowing. If the aging Sun doesn’t interfere, Earth will eventually be tidally locked with the Moon: One side of Earth will always face the same side of the Moon.