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An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018

Under those conditions, the full moon appears to be as much as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon when the moon is at its farthest point from Earth, which is called apogee.

If "go big or go home" is your motto for ringing in the new year, you're in good company: The moon is showing up to the party too, treating skywatchers to several events in January.

According to NASA, January's first full moon - nicknamed a wolf moon - will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon. The first full moon will occur in January on the night of January 1 depending upon the location.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, the sun and Earth are aligned, and Earth's shadow is cast on the moon.

And in this case, it's also a supermoon, the name given to a full moon that arrives when the moon happens to be at or near the part of its orbit closest to Earth.

The New Year's Eve fireworks won't be the only show in the sky this year.

The supermoon will happen the evening of January 30.

Blue Moons aren't unique as they happen around once every 2.7 years because the number of days in a new moon to new moon is a bit less than the usual calendar month.

The eclipse of the moon will happen the evening of January 31 or the morning of February 1. The celestial event will be viewable in totality from western North America to Eastern Asia. Totally eclipsed moons are sometimes referred to as a "blood moon", which is why the end of the month supermoon earned the special designation of "super blue blood moon". "Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. So make sure to look up on New Year's Day and all month long as the moon gives a big hello to 2018. The moon is pretty cool and worth looking at, no matter what: "The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!"

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