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'Wolf Moon' Is the 1st Full Moon in January — Discover the Time and Date to See It

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jan 27, 2021
08:15 A.M.
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Americans are set to experience the first full moon in 2021. Find out every necessary detail to know about the "Wolf Moon," which will reach its peak on January 28.


All is set for the arrival of 2021's first full moon, the "Wolf Moon," which will reach its peak on January 28 and appear full for up to three days.

According to Forbes, the Wolf Moon will be 2021's highest full moon. This provides added benefits as most people would be able to catch a glimpse of it as they will be indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Harvest Moon that occurs every September, and aligns with the Autumnal Equinox was captured on September 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


A full moon's rising is a beautiful sight to behold, and it does not cost a dime to witness. Besides that, one can view it for a few minutes by being at the right place at the right time.

For those interested in catching a glimpse of the Wolf Moon, here are some things to know about the grand spectacle, including its origin, when it will occur, and how to watch it.



According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, January's full moon is called the "Wolf Moon" because wolves were often heard howling at this time. The wolves' howling was traditionally believed to be because they were hungry during the winter.

January's full moon is also known by other names, including "Center Moon," which the Assiniboine people call it, referring to the idea that it roughly marks the middle of winter.


Other common traditional names for January's full moon include Cold Moon, Frost Exploding Moon, Severe Moon, Freeze Up Moon, and Hard Moon.


It is believed that North America will have the best view of the Wolf Moon, especially between moonrise and sunset. Experts also say that the full moon is best viewed at moonrise or moonset because it would be too bright for people to look at it when it is at its peak.


New Yorkers will experience moonrise at about 5:00 p.m. ET, while sunset would take place at about 5:09 p.m. on January 28. Meanwhile, sunset would occur at 5:20 p.m. PT in Los Angeles, while moonrise would occur at 5:24 p.m.


Experts recommend that people watch the year's first full moon clearly; they have to look from at least a second-floor window or balcony. The higher one is placed, the better the view they can get.

After getting to a good position, the next step is to wait for moonrise and enjoy the spectacle once the full moon arrives. However, if one misses the Wolf Moon, they would have to wait until February 27 to catch the next full moon called "Snow Moon."