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Wonderful period of special full moons begins New Year's Night

Wonderful period of special full moons begins New Year's Night

The wolf moon, however, refers to the first full moon of the new year, which so happens to fall on New Year's Day this time around, according to NASA.

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.

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".

Supermoons occur due to the fact that the moon is in a slightly elliptical orbit with Earth, rather than a flawless circle.

The January 31 supermoon is extra special this year, as it will also feature a total lunar eclipse.

Supermoons occur when a full moon coincides with the time that the moon is closest to Earth. Really, this is the astrological event that is a true must-see in January. Then, the moon will be just 223,068 miles from Earth, compared to its average distance of 238,855 miles. The ideal time to encounter the Full Moon Supermoon is after moonrise when it is just above the skyline.

The first day of 2018 will be greeted with a supermoon in the night sky. In eastern North America, the eclipse will be partially visible. Blue moons happen about every two and half years.

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

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". The Earth, Sun, and Moon don't always lie in the same line. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon". "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. 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!"

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