Supermoon to Mark First Day of 2018


Supermoons hang around all night, are easy to see and are not damaging to the eyes, no matter how long you moon-gaze.

The second supermoon of the new year will happen on Jan 30 and 31.

Supermoons, like the one coming for us on January 1, are occasions when the moon shines closer to the earth's rotation, making it appear larger in the night sky.

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

It won't be a spectacular viewing experience for people in the Carolinas - The lunar eclipse will be totally viewable in western North America to eastern Asia, according to NASA - but the moon will still appear big and bright in Charlotte.

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The next two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018. "Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement.

"If you can only catch one episode of the supermoon trilogy, catch the third one".

It's called the "Wolf Moon", because in Native American villages, the "Wolf Moon" would always be visible during the time of year when hungry wolf packs would howl outside due to colder weather. "It will be extra special", NASA added. The second is about to follow a few weeks later, on January 31, reports 24sata on December 31, 2017.

According to CNN, the second supermoon of the month will feature a total lunar eclipse, an occurrence that has the Earth, the sun and the moon line up in a specific way, with the Earth blocking the sunlight so it doesn't reflect off the moon's surface. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon". With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: "a 'super blue blood" Moon.