The Full Wolf Moon
When is the Full Moon in January 2020? What time are the Full Moon and New Moon? Why is it called the Full Wolf Moon? All these questions are answered in our January Moon Guide.
The sunset embers smolder low,
The Moon climbs o’er the hill,
The peaks have caught the alpenglow,
The robin’s song is still.
–John L. Stoddard (1850–1931)
Welcome to The Old Farmer’s Almanac January Moon Guide—with the month’s Moon phases, Moon’s name, best days, folklore, and more.
Moon Phases for January 2020
Below is a calendar of our Moon phases for January 2020. Note: The times are Eastern Standard time. See local Moon Phase Calendar times for your city/state.
|First Quarter: January 2, 11:45 P.M.|
| ||Full Moon: January 10, 2:21 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: January 17, 7:58 A.M.|
| ||New Moon: January 24, 4:42 P.M.|
When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Wolf Moon
The Full Moon Names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American tribes, Colonial Americans, or other traditional North American names passed down through generations. (Note that each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.)
The Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard at this time. There is no evidence they were howling for hunger though wolves do tend to howl more often during winter months. Wolfs generally howl to define territory, locate pack members, and gather for hunting. Native Americans usually respect, not fear, wolves.
Other names for the January Moon include: the Cold Moon and the Great Spirit Moon.
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 2020
Aboveground crops: 5, 6, 9, 27, 28
Belowground crops: 18, 19
For Setting Eggs
6, 7, 16, 17
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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