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First supermoon of 2018 falls on New Year's Day

01 January 2018, 03:32 | Rodolfo Quinn

First supermoon of 2018 falls on New Year's Day

Two more supermoons rising in 2016

A second full moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit; around the same time as a full moon.

Such events see the moon seem some 14 per cent larger in size, and nearly one-third brighter. That will be the second full moon of the month, which is usually called a "blue moon" because a double full-moon month occurs essentially once in a blue moon - about every 2½ years. It is also known as the Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule in various cultures. Incidentally, although wolves raise their heads to howl, it's not clear that it's actually the moon that the animals are howling at. Supermoons appear to be about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that appear at the apogee, the farthest point in the orbit, according to NASA. The moon will appear to be oversized for a few nights after that, though will no longer be a full moon.

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, the Times Square ball won't be the only glowing orb in the sky-it'll be joined by a supermoon.

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"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" says Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

If you were unable to catch the "supermoon" earlier this month, your'e in luck. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon". "It will be extra special", NASA added.

First of all, the January 31 supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.

If we get lucky enough with the weather, we'll be able to see the supermoon in the night of January 1 in Croatia, with the best moment to look up at the sky being 3:24 in the morning.



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