January starts with wolf supermoon, ends with supermoon lunar eclipse

Camille Francis
December 30, 2017

Because of this, the moon appears at varying distances each night, and when the full moon falls on the same day that it's at its closest point (called perigee) we see a supermoon in the sky.

According to NASA, January's first full moon - nicknamed a wolf moon - will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon.

You will not be able to observe the Blue moon in every place on Earth because the second full moon of Jan will not technically happen in those areas until 1 February. 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'.

Supermoons occur due to the fact that the moon is in a slightly elliptical orbit with Earth, rather than a flawless circle.

Light snow, freezing temperatures expected in York leading into New Year's Eve
The air will feel -15 degrees Tuesday night as snow is possible in North Central Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. More clouds will overspread the state Friday night and temperatures will bottom out in the single digits and lower teens.

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

A supermoon is the term given to full moons which occur at the same time as the moon reaches its closest point to Earth in orbit.

A attractive supermoon will light up the sky on New Year's Day and shine as a beacon of hope for all the people who over-celebrated the night before.

After that, another supermoon will start on the night of January 30 but won't hit its full phase until around 8:30AM EST on January 31. 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". Only light reflected off the Earth will show on the surface of the moon, which will have a red to reddish-brown cast. "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, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. 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!"

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