The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

Supermoon to Rise on New Year's Day

The upcoming year will feature two Blue Moons one in January and one in March.

Finally, the supermoon, or second full moon of the month, will take place the night before the second full moon on January 30. Starting at 6:49 a.m., the moon's right edge will begin to glide into the dark shadow of our Earth.

The full moon that occurs at this time in the year is nicknamed the Frost Moon due to Native American traditions or the Moon Before Yule as it is the last full moon of the season.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks January 3rd but viewing will suffer due to the very bright, almost full Moon.

It wasn't until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the supermoon, which is now a widely-used term. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches its perigree, the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth.

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Based on Nolle's theory, the moon would have to be 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered "super".

Then on January 3, the Earth is closest to the sun. The wolf moon, however, refers to the first full moon of the new year, which so happens to fall on New Year's Day this time around, according to NASA.

The next part - the blue moon - happens much less frequently, as the adage implies.

So, lunar gazers will witness a 'blue, blood supermoon, ' on January 31.

"The moon is so bright that it will make the deep sky objects nearby - the Orion nebula, for example - a bit harder to see if the sky isn't perfectly clear", Space.com notes.

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Blue moons aren't actually blue - the confusion is because the term originates in "blewe", the old English word for "betrayer". The spooky red color happens because the red light that passes through our atmosphere is bent.

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The meteor shower radiant is off of the handle of the Big Dipper by a few degrees and is named for a constellation that no longer exists, Quadrans Muralis.

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Some fans chose to sing along, and continued even when their song dropped out of the charts - it's how Liverpool fans ended up singing "You'll Never Walk Alone", how Stoke City fans ended up singing "Delilah", and how Bristol Rovers ended up singing Goodnight Irene'.

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