New Year's Supermoon is a Wolf Moon

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   SPECTACLE The full moon will appear 7% bigger than usual on January 1 and 2

GETTY SPECTACLE The full moon will appear 7% bigger than usual on January 1 and 2

Supermoon, also known as wolf moon, is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is full at the same time its position on its orbit is closest to Earth - 360.493 kilometres away at most.

Moreover, this 2nd supermoon of January 2018 will stage a total eclipse of the moon.

"It's a super blue blood moon", said NASA research scientists Noah Petro, who winces a little when using pop culture jargon to describe Earth's only permanent natural satellite. The moon will appear to be oversized for a few nights after that, though will no longer be a full moon. They considered this period as the best time for predictions.

The supermoon is a nickname of its own, referring to a full moon that appears larger and more luminous due to its increased proximity to the Earth. That's compared to average distance of 236,790 miles.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon", he said, "not just that once, but every chance they have!" "If it's cloudy on the first, then you can go out on the second". "Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood moons'".

You can expect to see the usual fireworks displays on New Year's Eve - but this year revelers will also be treated to a different kind of night sky spectacle on the first day of 2018.

So as the sun's light travels through Earth's atmosphere toward the moon's surface, it appears red, thus the name Blood Moon.

Interestingly, January's pair of supermoons will mark the final two episodes of the "supermoon trilogy" that began last month with a full cold moon.

According to NASA, a Super Moon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth. If skies are clear, the total eclipse will be visible from eastern Asia across the Pacific Ocean to western North America. "Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", Petro added. "People came together for the eclipse". There are two broad categories of human attention: We give goal-directed attention to the things on which we're consciously choosing to focus, such as the road when you're driving.

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