January’s Full Wolf Moon!

The full Wolf Moon rises on (Nothern Hemisphere) Monday, January 17, 2022 (Southern Hemisphere Tuesday, January 18, 2022). Learn more about when, where, and how to see the January full Moon!

When to See January’s Full Moon

January’s full Wolf Moon reaches peak illumination on Monday, January 17, at 6:51 P.M. EST ( Tuesday, January 18 at 10:48 am AEDT). Look for the Moon to rise from the northeastern horizon around sunset that evening.

Consult our Moonrise Calculator to see what time you can expect to catch a glimpse of the first full Moon of 2022!

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)

Why Is It Called the Full Wolf Moon?

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not just to the full Moon itself.

The Wolf Moon

It’s thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time. It was traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but …

From The Old Farmers Almanac