In spite of the fact that a supermoon appears somewhat bigger in the sky than a full moon, the distinction is nearly incomprehensible for most people to see.
The new year will ring in with a pair of unbelievable celestial sights, with supermoons that will be visible on the first and last of January. During a supermoon, the moon can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.
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"Blue Moons happen every two and a half years, on average", the space agency's website reads. 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 when the moon is at the closest point on its elliptical orbit around Earth, which could make the moon appear a bit closer and brighter, according to NASA.
It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. The Full Wolf Moon, the one taking place on New Year's day, will be visible starting around 4:30PM EST, assuming cloud cover isn't a problem in your location. 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". Since the Moon's orbital path is oval, one side is approximately 50,000 km far from the Earth.
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NASA forecasts yet another supermoon on January 31 which will also feature a total lunar eclipse. In this case, the Earth, the Sun and the Moon don't generally arrange themselves in a straight line to align the moon in the shadow of the Earth.
'The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have, ' said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon".
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However, there are some around the globe who won't experience it until the morning of February 1, which means it technically will not be a blue moon for them.