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.
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.
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
Aboveground crops: 10, 11, 19, 20
Belowground crops: 1, 27, 28
For Setting Eggs:
16, 17, 25, 26
See all 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.
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