Wolf Moon will light up night sky tonight

January’s full moon is known as the Wolf Moon

14 degrees + clear skies = Wolf Moon Picture

SAN ANTONIO – Did you know that full moons have names that were bestowed on them based on both Native American and ancient cultures?

According to National Geographic, ancient cultures would give each full moon a different name based on the behavior of the plants, animals or weather during that month.

Jan. 17 is the Wolf Moon, it will appear full for roughly three days from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning, according to NASA.

The Wolf Moon was given its name from Native Americans who heard packs of wolves “howling outside the villages amid the cold and deep snows of winter,” NASA’s website states.

More names for the January full moon include the Moon after Yule, Old Moon and Ice Moon.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which you can learn more about here, the popular names of the full moons for the year are:

  • January - Wolf Moon
  • February - Snow Moon
  • March - Worm Moon
  • April - Pink Moon
  • May - Flower Moon
  • June - Strawberry Moon
  • July - Buck Moon
  • August - Sturgeon Moon
  • Septemeber - Corn Moon
  • October - Hunter Moon
  • November - Beaver Moon
  • December - Cold Moon

“The Moon names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional North American sources passed down through generations,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac website.


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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.