First Supermoon Of 2018 Happens On New Year's Day

First Supermoon Of 2018 Happens On New Year's Day

First Supermoon Of 2018 Happens On New Year's Day

The first supermoon of the year actually happens on New Year's Day. Because of this, the moon appears at varying distances each night, and when the full moon falls on the same day that it's at its closest point (called perigee) we see a supermoon in 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.

January 31's supermoon, according to the space agency, will also feature a total lunar eclipse in parts of the country - when the Earth, sun and moon, line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon.

Astrologer Richard Nolle first defined the term supermoon in 1979 as he explained that the phenomenon "is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit".

A second supermoon in one month is also a blue moon, NASA explains.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". 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. The moon will be 223,068 miles, 358,994 in km from Earth. Totally eclipsed moons are sometimes referred to as a "blood moon", which is why the end of the month supermoon earned the special designation of "super blue blood moon". Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, stated that the supermoons are a great chance to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every opportunity you have! The supermoon is a Full Moon when it is nearest point to the Earth on its orbit.

However, there are some around the globe who won't experience it until the morning of February 1, which means it technically will not be a blue moon for them.

During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon.

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