Look out for a Wolf Moon over Manchester this New Year

First supermoon of 2018 falls on New Year's Day

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

There will be more than just fireworks lighting up the night sky this New Year's.

And in this case, it's also a supermoon, the name given to a full moon that arrives when the moon happens to be at or near the part of its orbit closest to Earth.

The second full moon in the month is called a "Blue" Moon.

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".


Another supermoon will take place on January 31, and according to NASA, it will also feature a total lunar eclipse.

During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon. The moon will be 223,068 miles, 358,994 in km from Earth.

But before that comes the Wolf Moon, the first "Supermoon" of 2018 when the moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky. The best time to check out a full moon is when it's low on the horizon, during moonrise or moonset. The eclipse will be visible starting at 5:51am and last about 1 hour and 50 minutes. A blue moon is the term given to a full moon that occurs twice in the same month and only happens about once every two-and-a-half to three years, though it typically doesn't actually look any different than any other full moon.

Our expected superstar is the lunar eclipse which will take place on January 31. Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, stated that the supermoons are a great chance to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every opportunity you have! Lunar eclipses don't happen each month in light of the fact that the plane of the lunar orbit is somewhat tilted with respect to the plane of the Earth's orbit.

However, this time around the blue moon will occur on the same night (or morning, depending on where you are) as a total lunar eclipse.

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