January 2019 Full Moon: The Full Wolf Moon

Want to look back at the January 2019 Full Moon? The January full moon was on Monday January 21, 2019 at 12:16 AM EST or 5:16 AM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It was the first full moon of 2019.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated when you look at it. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the January 2019 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.

Photo of the moon for the Full Moon January 2019 date, the Full Wolf Moon and full moon in Leo

The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time (ET) account for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.

When was the full moon in January 2019?

The full moon in January 2019 was on Monday January 21, 2019 at 12:16 AM EST or 5:16 AM UTC. The January 21st full moon was the first full moon of 2019 and the full moon in Leo.

What was the name of the Full Moon in January 2019?

One common nickname for the full moon in January 2019 was the Full Wolf Moon, named for wolves howling at the moon. Because there was also a total lunar eclipse during the full moon, it was also called a blood moon or a blood wolf moon.

It’s also been referred to as the Ice Moon, Old Moon,  Moon After Yule, and Snow Moon. Sometimes full moon names overlap and the Snow Moon name is commonly used to refer to the February full moon.

Which season included the January Full Moon?

In 2019, the January Full Moon was the second full moon of the Winter 2018-2019 season. It was the second full moon after the 2018 Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice marks the first day of winter and is the shortest day of the year when the Earth is tilted as far away from the sun as it will be all year.

In 2018, the Winter Solstice was on Friday December 21, 2018 at 5:22 PM EST or 11:22 PM UTC.

Depending on the year, the January full moon may be the first or second full moon of the winter season. In 2019 it was the second full moon of Winter.

Was there a full supermoon in January 2019?

Yes, the full moon in January 2019 was a full supermoon as it was less than 360,000 kilometers away during the peak of the full moon.

A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon has a larger-than-usual appearance when you look at it. There isn’t an official definition for how close the moon needs to be to the earth to be considered a supermoon. For the purposes of this site, we’ll follow the Timeanddate.com definition using moons less than 360,000 kilometers from the Earth.

Was there a lunar eclipse during the January Full Moon?

Yes there was a total lunar eclipse during the full moon in January 2019. Another name for the full moon during a total lunar eclipse is a blood moon.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. The Moon, Earth, and Sun are either very closely or exactly aligned with the Earth between the Sun and Moon. This can only happen on the night of a full moon.

When was the new moon for the 2019 Full Wolf Moon?

The lunar cycle for the January Full Moon begin with its new moon in 2019. The New Wolf Moon was on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 8:28 PM EST or January 6, 2019 at 1:28 AM UTC and was the new moon in Capricorn.

Similar to the full moon, the New Wolf Moon also had an eclipse during its peak. The January 2019 New Moon had a Partial Solar Eclipse.

The new moon in January 2019 was the start of the lunar cycle for the January Full Moon in 2019. In other years the new and full moon may occur in different months.

In 2019, the new and full Wolf Moon were both in Winter. In other years the New Wolf Moon may occur at the end Autumn for the previous year.

January 2019 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC

Below are the lunar phases for January 2019 including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that were on the schedule for each month. The date and times are based on both the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.

Lunar PhaseUS Eastern Date & TimeUTC Date & Time
January New MoonJanuary 5, 2019 8:28 PM ESTJanuary 6, 2019 1:28 AM UTC
January First QuarterJanuary 14, 2019 1:46 AM ESTJanuary 14, 2019 6:46 AM UTC
January Full MoonJanuary 21, 2019 12:16 AM ESTJanuary 21, 2019 5:16 AM UTC
January Last QuarterJanuary 27, 2019 4:11 PM ESTJanuary 27, 2019 9:11 PM UTC

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions about the January Full Moon from 2019? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.

How many full moons were in January 2019?

In 2019 there was one full moon in January. There are other years with 2 full moons, a blue moon, but not for 2019.

Future Full Moon Calendars

And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.

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Photo of the moon for the January 2019 Full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon