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January starts with wolf supermoon, ends with supermoon lunar eclipse

30 December, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Beautiful but deadly

The full moon on New Year's Night will be the second of three consecutive supermoons.

A supermoon is a new or full moon that appears bigger to the human eye because it is the closest to the Earth during its orbit.

Most months have just one full moon, because the twenty nine day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months.

On average, we see blue moons every 2.7 years, but in 2018 there will be two blue moons in a single year.

The first full moon will happen the evening of January 1 or the morning of January 2, thinking of where you are.

The nearby perigee (the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is closest to the earth) Full Moon seem around 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than Full Moons that occur near the apogee (the point farthest from Earth) in the Moon's orbit. The second supermoon of the year, visible on January 31, will be an exceptional sight known as a "super blue blood moon".

January starts with wolf supermoon, ends with supermoon lunar eclipse
January starts with wolf supermoon, ends with supermoon lunar eclipse

It's called the wolf moon, because at this time of year hungry wolf packs would howl outside Native American villages during the chilly peak of winter, according to the Farmer's Almanac. The moon will be 223,068 miles, 358,994 in km from Earth. The celestial event will be viewable in totality from western North America to Eastern Asia. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon".

For January 31, 2018, you'll have to be up early here in Columbus to see the partial lunar eclipse.

'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.

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

However, there are some around the globe who won't experience it until the morning of February 1, which means it technically will not be a blue moon for them.


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