Bundle up and look up on the evening of January 1 for the first full moon - and supermoon - of the month. After the January 31 blue moon, there will be no full moon in February and then two full moons in March. Lunar eclipses happen when the moon goes into the shadow of the Earth, and supermoons happen when the moon's perigee (its nearest way to the Earth in a single orbit) concurs with a full moon.
'The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have, ' said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The third will be the full moon on Wednesday, January 31.
The best time to see the full supermoon is right after moonrise, when it is just getting up above the horizon, timeanddate.com says. A supermoon resembles bigger and vivid than when it is higher up in the sky.
"Blue Moons happen every two and a half years, on average", the space agency's website reads. A sequence of 12 lunations adds up to 354 days, against the 365 days in a year. The distance between the Earth and the moon changes continously. At this time, the moon will appear red.
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The lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in nighttime unlike the solar eclipses which can be seen from specific places. 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.
Supermoons occur due to the fact that the moon is in a slightly elliptical orbit with Earth, rather than a ideal circle. This will make it appear much larger than it typically does as it hovers in the sky. This is known as the moon illusion, and the moon has not risen, it is a trick your eyes are playing on you.
Each full moon of the year has been given various names by different cultures around the world.
New Year's Eve often prompts people to gaze into the sky, whether it be for a fireworks display or simply to watch the big ball drop in Times Square, but the night of January 1st, 2018, will give you another reason to look up.