You won't have to wait long for the first supermoon of 2018

You won't have to wait long for the first supermoon of 2018

You won't have to wait long for the first supermoon of 2018

The second supermoon in a single month, nicknamed "blue supermoon", occurs every two and a half year on average.

No matter what the rest of the New Year brings, earthlings are in for a double treat in January with the appearance of two supermoons.

However, due to a phenomenon called the "moon illusion" the moon may appear bigger when it's close to the horizon, so this supermoon may appear bigger when it's rising.

A supermoon, when the moon appear to be brighter and larger than normal, happens when a full moon occurs while the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.

Such events see the moon seem some 14 per cent larger in size, and nearly one-third brighter. They often appear at their most spectacular as they rise and set, NASA notes. The full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons.

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, the Times Square ball won't be the only glowing orb in the sky-it'll be joined by a supermoon.

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

The first, wolf moon, will be biggest of the year. The second is about to follow a few weeks later, on January 31, reports 24sata on December 31, 2017.

But that won't be the only rarity that night.

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. This may cause the moon to appear red in certain areas, making it a Blood Moon as well. So prepare yourself for the super blue blood moon the night of the lunar eclipse.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset".

Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us.

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