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January 2023 Full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon

Take a look back at the January 2023 Full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon.

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

Ready to dive a little deeper into the January Full Moon of 2023? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.

Photo of the moon for the date of the the Full Wolf Moon 2023, the January 2023 Full Moon

Take a look back at January 2023’s Full Wolf Moon

The full moon in January 2023 was on Friday, January 6. The January full moon was the first full moon of the year.

The January 6 full moon was first full moon of winter as the first full moon after the 2022 Winter Solstice

When was the Full Wolf Moon in 2023?

The Wolf Moon 2023 was in January 2023 was on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 6:08 PM. The January 6 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer.

Names for the January Full Moon 

The January full moon is commonly referred to as the Full Wolf Moon, named for wolves howling at the moon.

Other January Full Moon names

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.

Was there an eclipse in January?

No, there was not a lunar eclipse in January 2023. There was a penumbral lunar eclipse in May and partial lunar eclipse in October.

Was there a full supermoon in January?

No, there was not a full supermoon in January 2023. The 2023 super full moons were in July, two in August, and September.

A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon will have a larger-than-usual appearance. There isn’t an official definition on the exact distance the moon needs to be to be called a supermoon. It’s approximately 360,000 kilometers or closer depending on the definition.

Was the January Full Moon a blue moon?

No, there was not a blue moon in January 2023. There was a blue moon later in the year when August had two full moons.

There are two definitions of blue moons. The most common, and the one you likely know, is when two full moons occur in the same month. The second full moon is typically called a blue moon.

The second definition of a blue moon relates to having an extra full moon during a season. When a season has four full moons, the third full moon of the season is also called a blue moon or a seasonal blue moon to help distinguish between the other definition.

2023 Wolf Moon Phases in U.S. Eastern Time

Below are the moon phases for the Wolf Moon last year, including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter which were on the schedule based on the United States Eastern Time Zone.

Lunar PhaseDateU.S. Eastern TimeSeason
December New MoonDecember 23, 20225:17 AM ESTWinter
December First QuarterDecember 29, 20228:20 PM ESTWinter
January Full MoonJanuary 6, 20236:08 PM ESTWinter
January Last QuarterJanuary 14, 20239:10 PM ESTWinter

The lunar cycle for the Full Wolf Moon began in December and ended in January. The New Moon and First Quarter Moon in January was the first half of the lunar cycle for the 2023 Snow Moon.

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Photo of the moon for the January 2023 Full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon

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The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time adjusted for Daylight Saving Time for part of the year in the United States (USA). Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.