New Year's Supermoon is a Wolf Moon

01 January, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Colin Gill
  • A supermoon will light up the night sky when we're all hungover on New Year's Day

Blue moons happen only every 2.5 years or so (hence the phrase "once in a blue moon"), making the month of January an extremely potent time, astrologically speaking.

A supermoon is a full moon that appears at the perigee, the closest point in the moon's orbit to Earth.

Such events see the moon seem some 14 per cent larger in size, and nearly one-third brighter. The second supermoon in a single month, nicknamed "blue supermoon", occurs every two and a half year on average. Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

As the New Year kicks in, sky-watchers have started gearing up for two supermoons that will offer some exquisite night sky views.

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The supermoon can be considered an optical illusion which causes the moon to appear larger near the horizon than it does higher up in the sky. The moon will appear to be oversized for a few nights after that, though will no longer be a full moon.

"If you can only catch one episode of the supermoon trilogy, catch the third one".

January wolf moons are said to have taken their names from a time when wolf packs howled in hunger outside Indigenous villages, according to space.com. "It will be extra special", NASA added. According to NASA, the January 31 supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon". The super blue moon will also occur during a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's light from reflecting off the moon. So prepare yourself for the super blue blood moon the night of the lunar eclipse.

Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us.

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