1st full moon of 2023 was a wonderful Wolf Moon worldwide (photos)

1st full moon of 2023 was a wonderful Wolf Moon worldwide (photos)

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The first full moon of 2023 lit up the night sky on Jan. 6 in a brilliant beginning to a new year of stargazing. 

The January Full Moon, called the Full Wolf Moon, appeared full to the casual observer a few days before and after its actual peak on Friday, Jan. 6, and stargazers around the world captured amazing views of the lunar event. You can see amazing photos of the January 2023 full moon here.

In this image, the silhouette of a Orthodox cross above the Gracanica Medieval Monastery is seen against a full moon in the town of Gracanica during the ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, symbolizing the Yule log during Orthodox Christmas eve celebrations in Gracanica, on Jan. 6, 2023.

Read more: Full moon names for 2023 (and how they came to be)

Be sure to see our guides for the best binoculars and the best telescopes to view the Full Wolf Moon or anything else in the sky. For capturing the best skywatching images you can, we have recommendations for the best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography. We even have a guide on how to photgraph the moon!

Editor’s Note: If you get a great photo of the Wolf Moon and would like to share it with Space.com’s readers, send your photo(s), comments, and your name and location to spacephotos@space.com.