An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018


The first full moon of the year is nicknamed the Wolf Moon for its supposed effect on howling animals but it can also be known as the Old Moon, The Ice Moon, and the Snow 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, supervising research assistant at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

You'll have another chance to catch a supermoon on January 31. The first moon of the New Year, the wolf moon, is named after the idea that wolves howl at 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". Unfortunately, the blue moon won't actually be blue in color. A supermoon resembles bigger and vivid than when it is higher up in the sky. The upcoming year will feature two Blue Moons one in January and one in March. Every time the moon orbits the Earth, in 29.5 days, it will reach close to the Earth, and occasionally the adjacent location will be close to the date of the full moon i.e., a supermoon. 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.

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The lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in nighttime unlike the solar eclipses which can be seen from specific places. The Earth, Sun, and Moon don't always lie in the same line.

Skywatchers in Western North America and Eastern Asia will also be able to catch a total lunar eclipse that evening, as the moon passes into the Earth's shadow. This will make it appear much larger than it typically does as it hovers in the sky. Despite the notable difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, it is not as significant as it seems.

The New Year's Eve fireworks won't be the only show in the sky this year.