Starting the Year Right with Amazing Moons!

Khryss | Published 2018-01-04 02:53

You get a supermoon! You get a bloodmoon! You get a blue moon! Everybody gets moons this year!

As the new year starts to come to into our lives, the universe has gifted us with such a sight. On the night sky of January 1st, 2018, we got to see what some people call "Wolf Moon". According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the term Wolf Moon came from certain Native American traditions, but other sources cite that the name came from Anglo-Saxons. But regardless of what the name came from, the sight is a spectacle! Even more, it's also a supermoon, says NASA.

Supermoons are an uncommon phenomenon in our world. Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, there are times when the natural satellite is closest to the earth. From the Earth's point of view, the moon looks 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the usual, but sometimes it's not noticeable to the naked eye. “The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!” says research scientist Noah Petro from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

But if you missed the date, fret not. This is just the second of a supermoon trilogy, where the first happened on December 3, 2017. The last would then take place on January 31, 2018, called a "Blue Moon", which is also a second full moon in a month. But the color won't be blue. Instead, it would take a mild red color, commonly called a "Blood Moon". So the January 31st full moon would be aptly called a "blue blood supermoon"--that's quite a term! As if supermoon isn't cool enough.

“The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it,” says Petro. “But it’s another great chance to watch the Moon.”

So get ready for a start of a wonderful year!


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