Full moon in January 2023: when and how to see the 'wolf moon'

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Full moon in January 2023: when and how to see the 'wolf moon'

January, the first month of the year, brings with it the first full moon of this 2023 -of the 13 that there will be on the moon. In total throughout this year-, which also acquires a certain magical aura since it is known as the  'Wolf Moon'.

It is the first full moon that takes place this year, and is also known as 'Ice Moon,' 'Cold Moon,' or 'Old Moon.'.

The 'Wolf Moon'

There are several stories that explain why the moon – the first full moon of the year has been baptized with this name. According to legend, some tribes in the United States called it by this name because its appearance made all the wolves howl, fascinated by the aspect of the satellite, with which these animals have a great connection. It's also because at this time the wolves communicate with louder howls.

However, another, not so mystical explanation is that during this cold season, the wolves communicate with each other. the animals howl in despair at the shortage of food. From there This is why it is known as an 'ice moon' or a 'cold moon'.


The full moon of the month of January 2023 arrives this Saturday, the 7th, the day after Kings. In Spain it will reach its maximum point at 00:08 in the morning. At this time, the moon will arrive. It will be at its brightest.

However, from about day 5 the lunar disk will be brighter. a full aspect to the naked eye, coinciding with the arrival of the Kings.

Full moons, and all moons in general, are very bright. That's why, weather permitting, they can be seen with the naked eye.


The full moon in January will be a small moon. the first of two micromoons this year. To observers, this means the moon will appear slightly smaller and less bright than a normal full moon.

A micromoon occurs near apogee, the furthest point from Earth. In particular, the full moon in January will be near. approximately 405,789 kilometers away.