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The first full ‘Wolf Moon’ of 2023 rises

OAK HILLS, Calif. ( — Friday’s first Full Moon of 2023 is also known as a Wolf Moon.

According to, “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.”

The full moon on January 6th is a “Micromoon” (opposite of the term “Supermoon”) and is about 252,600 miles from Earth. Meaning the face of the moon towards the earth and illuminated by the sun.

The next full moon will be on February 5, 2023, and it’s referred to as the snow moon. Check out some photos from members of the Victor Valley News Group on Facebook.

wolf moon January 5, 2023
(photo by Khushroom Ahmed)
wolf moon January 5, 2023
(Full moon rising – photo by Isaac Lopez)
wolf moon January 5, 2023
(photo by Kyle Brooks)
(photo by Tom VanWyk)
(photo by Bernadette Andrews)

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