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

by Frankie Norman December 30, 2017, 0:41
The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

There will be another supermoon on January 31 which will also be a total lunar eclipse, and what is termed a Blue Moon as it is the second full moon in a month.

In spite of the fact that a supermoon appears somewhat bigger in the sky than a full moon, the distinction is nearly incomprehensible for most people to see. Supermoons occur when the moon is at the closest point on its elliptical orbit around Earth, which could make the moon appear a bit closer and brighter, according to NASA. Under those conditions, the full moon appears to be as much as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon when the moon is at its farthest point from Earth, which is called apogee. The moon will pass into the Earth's shadow, making it a Blood Moon. The second supermoon of the year, visible on January 31, will be an exceptional sight known as a "super blue blood moon".

In 2018 there will be two Blue Moons - one in January and one in March, February being left out without a full moon. The first appeared on December 3, 2017; this one is on January 1; and we'll see the third of the trio on January 31, 2018.

The full moon that occurs at this time in the year is nicknamed the Frost Moon due to Native American traditions or the Moon Before Yule as it is the last full moon of the season.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset", Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center explained in a news release.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". 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. The moon is pretty cool and worth looking at, no matter what: "The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" 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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