Last Updated on February 14, 2024 by KC7NYR

January’s full moon is traditionally known as the Wolf Moon. Every month’s full moon has such a folkloric moniker; for example, March’s is called the Worm Moon. January’s full moon may have gotten its name because Native Americans and/or early European colonists associated the month with increased wolf activity, especially howling.

The moon turns a blood-red color during the total lunar eclipse of Jan. 20, 2019 in this image taken by a telescope at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.

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