THE FULL WOLF MOON
The Full Wolf Moon reaches its peak on January 21, 2019, at 12:16 A.M. EST (January 20 at 9:16 P.M. for those in PST).
This year, thanks to the Moon being both a Supermoon and part of a total lunar eclipse (a “Blood Moon”), January’s full Moon is being called the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” How’s that for a name?
Total Lunar Eclipse (“Blood Moon”)
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 eclipse will begin at approximately 9:35 P.M. EST (6:35 P.M. PST) on January 20 and end at 2:50 A.M. EST (11:50 P.M. PST). A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, which causes the usually bright Moon to turn a dark, ominous red (giving the eclipsed Moon the nickname ”Blood Moon”).
In addition to a total lunar eclipse, we’ll also be treated to a Supermoon. A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is both full AND reaches the point in its orbit where it’s closest to Earth. A Supermoon is 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
All dates and times are ET.
||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.|
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.
BEST DAYS IN JANUARY 2019
Aboveground crops: 10, 11, 19, 20
Belowground crops: 1, 27, 28
For Setting Eggs:
16, 17, 25, 26
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.