An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018

Muriel Hammond
December 30, 2017

The second of a "supermoon trilogy" that began with a supermoon at this beginning of this month, the New Year's supermoon should look about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, the space agency reports. The Full Wolf Moon, the one taking place on New Year's day, will be visible starting around 4:30PM EST, assuming cloud cover isn't a problem in your location.

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

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

As NASA explains it: "The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere".

These two events will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, on January 31. Because there's another full moon January 31.

The New Year's Eve fireworks won't be the only show in the sky this year.

Both January 2018 supermoons will be full moons, and they'll appear - especially when close to the horizon - to be larger than usual. The big event is coming on January 31, when another supermoon is set to light up the sky - making it, as some have pointed out, a "blue supermoon". 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. Lunar eclipses do not happen every month due to the plane of Earth's orbit is somewhat tilted. These happen about twice a year, when the the moon lines up with the Earth and Sun so that Earth totally blocks the sun's light that we see reflected on the moon. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon". "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.

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