Super Wolf Moon Will Take Place On January 1st

Super Wolf Moon Will Take Place On January 1st
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The next full moon will be visible as soon as this New Year’s day, Jan. 1. According to NASA, we will be able to see two full moons in the first month of 2018. The first full moon of the year, taking place on Jan. 1, is called a wolf moon and this one will be a supermoon, but another supermoon will also occur at the end of the month, on Jan. 31, and is called a super blue blood moon.

The celestial event called a “supermoon” takes place when the moon reaches perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to our planet, as moon’s orbit wobbles and rather looks more elliptical. When the moon reaches perigee, we see a “supermoon” which appears to be larger and brighter in the night sky, and many astronomers enjoy observing the event.

When a “supermoon” occurs, the moon looks roughly 14% larger and appears 30% brighter compared to full moons at apogee (when it is furthest away from the earth). According to NASA, “supermoons” usually take place every 13 months. If you worry that you’ll be too busy celebrating the New Year, don’t worry, aside from the wolf moon, another supermoon will take place at the