We are getting ready for a celestial treat on New Year's Day as it's the first supermoon of 2018.
A handsome supermoon will light up the sky on New Year's Day and shine as a beacon of hope for all the people who over-celebrated the night before.
On Jan. 1, the full moon will be at its closest orbit around Earth - NASA explains that means it will be about 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal. Space.com reports that the first supermoon of the year is nicknamed Wolf Moon, and will peak at 9:24 p.m. ET.
Supermoons occur due to the fact that the moon is in a slightly elliptical orbit with Earth, rather than a flawless circle.
But that's not the only label of January 31's moon - that full moon also happens to be the second full moon of the month, an event that is often referred to as a "blue moon". These sites include a few areas in eastern Asia and eastern Australia, where people will not see the first full moon until 2 January.
From supermoon to blood moon
The supermoon will happen the evening of January 30. The first supermoon of 2018 is called the 'Full Wolf Moon, ' and it will be visible starting early in the night on New Year's day, while the second supermoon is what is known as a 'blue moon'. The ideal time to encounter the Full Moon Supermoon is after moonrise when it is just above the skyline. Viewers on the eastern side of the United States will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse during moonset on the morning of February 1.
Our expected superstar is the lunar eclipse which will take place on January 31.
Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every two and a half years.
And, that super/blue moon on January 31 will have a red sheen to it, because it will be part of a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. The Earth, Sun, and Moon don't always lie in the same line. According to Space.com, the sky above will be putting on a rare and glorious show of its own over New Year's Day and throughout the month of January with a super blue blood moon you just have to see.
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