Due to its close proximity to Earth, the moon will appear up to 30-percent brighter and up to 14-percent larger than an ordinary full moon.
Both January 2018 supermoons will be full moons, and they'll appear - especially when close to the horizon - to be larger than usual.
In a happy coincidence, New Year's Day will feature a supermoon, which will appear bigger and brighter than a typical full moon.
The second full moon, or blue moon, which also comes with a lunar eclipse, will occur on the night of January 31 for most. The first supermoon of 2018 is called the 'Full Wolf Moon, ' and it will be visible starting early in the night on New Year's day, while the second supermoon is what is known as a 'blue moon'. The moon will be 223,068 miles, 358,994 in km from Earth. "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. 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.
GETTY RARE Supermoons occur every one to two years
A Blue Moon is when two full moons occur in the same month.
There will be more than just fireworks lighting up the night sky this New Year's.
The lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in nighttime unlike the solar eclipses which can be seen from specific places.
The eclipse will cover the face of the moon, turning it dark, as the Earth blocks the light of the sun from the moon. Totally eclipsed moons are sometimes referred to as a "blood moon", which is why the end of the month supermoon earned the special designation of "super blue blood moon". The moon is pretty cool and worth looking at, no matter what: "The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!"More news: Health officials report first child flu death in state
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