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

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

This supermoon, know as the Wolf Moon comes only 4.5 hours after the moon reaches lunar perigee the moon's closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

The full lunar disc appears 14% bigger and up to 30% brighter than a regular moon and is fantastically "super" in every way. The next two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018. But on full-moon nights, there was an average of 9.1 crashes that resulted in a fatality.

One side of a moon (apogee) is generally 50,000 kilometres further away from Earth than the other (perigee).

See more photos of December's supermoon.

Waiting to look at the moon in the sky by itself might be underwhelming, however, because it can be hard for the naked eye to tell the difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon without visual context.

For those still nursing a hangover the night of January 1, an even more intriguing supermoon will rise the night of January 31.

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"A blue moon occurs every couple of years, especially when a full moon happens at the beginning of a month, such as January 2018, so that there is time for the next full moon to occur 29.5 days later", Godfrey said.

"Any time you put the word "super" in front of something, it's good for publicity", said astronomer Andrew Fraknoi, chairman emeritus of Foothill College's astronomy department. Another way of looking at it, the moon-sun elongation at full moon equals 180. Monday night's full moon will be 221,559 miles from Earth. On Monday night, as the supermoon passes directly overhead at 20 degrees latitude, the shadows of vertical objects will disappear for a while.

A review of motorcycle crash data in the UK, Canada, and Australia saw similar increases in fatalities on full moon nights.

Image via US Naval Observatory. The final installment of the supermoon series will kick off on January 31, which will be "extra special", NASA says. A supermoon-particularly one encountered on a dark and curving road, that seems to pop out of nowhere-is all three of those things.

Some people will call the next full moon on 31 January a Blue Moon because it's the 2nd of 2 full moons to occur in 1 calendar month. Making the event even more special, this supermoon will also feature a total lunar eclipse-taking on a reddish color as atmosphere changes the light.


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