January 2018 Brings Super Moons, Blood Moon, Blue Moon

January 2018 Brings Super Moons, Blood Moon, Blue Moon

Since the full moon that rises on January 31 is the second full moon in a month, it has no particular name but is a "blue moon", since it's the second to appear in a month.

Native Americans knew the full moon of January as the Wolf Moon, a time when wolves roamed the edges of the village in search of whatever food they might find.

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

A Blue Moon is when two full moons occur in the same month.

Finally, the supermoon, or second full moon of the month, will take place the night before the second full moon on January 30. The supermoon is a Full Moon when it is nearest point to the Earth on its orbit.

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The supermoon's moon is a little bigger and brighter, but people can't eternally tell the difference, and it is a great reason just to go out and gaze at the sky.

On Jan. 1, the full moon will be at its closest orbit around Earth - NASA explains that means it will be about 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal. Space.com reports that the first supermoon of the year is nicknamed Wolf Moon, and will peak at 9:24 p.m. ET. Really, this is the astrological event that is a true must-see in January.

In 2018 there will be two Blue Moons - one in January and one in March, February being left out without a full moon. 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.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset", Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center explained in a news release. "Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood Moons'". "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, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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