The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

Начало 2018 года удивит уникальным явлением
In the first month of the year is just two full moons — 1 and 31 January

30 December, 2017

Since the full moon that rises on January 31 is the second full moon in a month, it has no particular name but is a "blue moon", since it's the second to appear in a month. The Full Wolf Moon, the one taking place on New Year's day, will be visible starting around 4:30PM EST, assuming cloud cover isn't a problem in your location.

In a happy coincidence, New Year's Day will feature a supermoon, which will appear bigger and brighter than a typical full moon. The best time to check out a full moon is when it's low on the horizon, during moonrise or moonset.

That's because the January 31 supermoon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which will give the moon a reddish glow due to the sunlight reflected by the Earth's atmosphere. The moon will pass into the Earth's shadow, making it a Blood Moon.

These two events will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, on January 31.

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A supermoon is the term given to full moons which occur at the same time as the moon reaches its closest point to Earth in orbit.

The eclipse of the moon will happen the evening of January 31 or the morning of February 1.

The supermoon's moon is a little bigger and brighter, but people can't eternally tell the difference, and it is a great reason just to go out and gaze at the sky.

Blue Moons aren't unique as they happen around once every 2.7 years because the number of days in a new moon to new moon is a bit less than the usual calendar month. If you're located in Western North American or Eastern Asia, you may be able to see this happen. Another nickname will come into play here, as totally eclipsed moons are sometimes called "blood moons". "Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Lunar eclipses don't happen each month in light of the fact that the plane of the lunar orbit is somewhat tilted with respect to the plane of the Earth's orbit.

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