The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

Javier Howell
December 30, 2017

A blue moon is the second full moon of a month - in January, there will be a full moon on New Year's Day and on January 31 - while a supermoon is when the full moon appears larger and brighter to the naked eye.

There will be more than just fireworks lighting up the night sky this New Year across Greater Manchester. According to NASA, "A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth". The supermoon at the end of the month will be the second full moon of the month, which is called a blue moon.

"The moon is so bright that it will make the deep sky objects nearby - the Orion nebula, for example - a bit harder to see if the sky isn't perfectly clear", Space.com notes.

But that's not the only label of January 31's moon - that full moon also happens to be the second full moon of the month, an event that is often referred to as a "blue moon".

In 2018 there will be two Blue Moons - one in January and one in March, February being left out without a full moon. The first full moon will occur in January on the night of January 1 depending upon the location.

It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. As an example, Space.com explained that in Melbourne, Australia, the first full moon comes on January 2 at 1:24 p.m. local time. "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.

"Blue Moons happen every two and a half years, on average", the space agency's website reads. In eastern North America, the eclipse will be partially visible. 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. For the viewers of 31 January lunar eclipse, from some places, this will not be entirely visible because it starts near moonrise and is only visible on Earth's night side.

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