January 2018 Brings Super Moons, Blood Moon, Blue Moon

A supermoon will light up the night sky when we're all hungover on New Year's Day

The last supermoon is known as the Cold Moon and took place earlier in December Danny Lawson PA Wire

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.

On Jan. 31, a supermoon will appear in the sky along with a lunar eclipse.

January 1 won't just bring in the New Year. It'll be the first of 2018 and it will be closely followed by another just weeks later.

Each full moon of the year has been given various names by different cultures around the world. For those in NY, the full moon will make its first appearance at 9:24 p.m.

A supermoon is the term given to the moon when it's at its closest to Earth in its orbit, which varies a little bit since the moon's orbit isn't a ideal circle. Unfortunately, the blue moon won't actually be blue in color.

Yet looking up at the moon itself to observe our celestial companion is worth it, and a supermoon (or other full moon) is as good an occasion as any to check it out. Really, this is the astrological event that is a true must-see in January.

January 31's supermoon, according to the space agency, will also feature a total lunar eclipse in parts of the country - when the Earth, sun and moon, line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon.

January's supermoons will be just the latest in a spate of supermoon events taking place in close succession.

It's almost impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear.

A second supermoon in one month is also a blue moon, NASA explains.

Blue Moons aren't unique as they happen around once every 2.7 years because the number of days in a new moon to new moon is a bit less than the usual calendar month. Only light reflected off the Earth will show on the surface of the moon, which will have a red to reddish-brown cast. Lunar eclipses do not happen every month due to the plane of Earth's orbit is somewhat tilted.

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