Incredible period of special full moons begins New Year's Night

Lunar eclipse

This means the 31st's supermoon will be a "super blue blood" moon, according to NASA.

A supermoon is a new or full moon that appears bigger to the human eye because it is the closest to the Earth during its orbit. Lunar eclipses happen when the moon goes into the shadow of the Earth, and supermoons happen when the moon's perigee (its nearest way to the Earth in a single orbit) concurs with a full moon.

During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon.

The first supermoon of the year actually happens on New Year's Day. Really, this is the astrological event that is a true must-see in January. If you're located in Western North American or Eastern Asia, you may be able to see this happen.

And, that super/blue moon on January 31 will have a red sheen to it, because it will be part of a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. Since the Moon's orbital path is oval, one side is approximately 50,000 km far from the Earth.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, according to the space agency.

The first full moon of the year is nicknamed the Wolf Moon for its supposed effect on howling animals but it can also be known as the Old Moon, The Ice Moon, and the Snow Moon. As an example, Space.com explained that in Melbourne, Australia, the first full moon comes on January 2 at 1:24 p.m. local time. The eclipse will be visible starting at 5:51am and last about 1 hour and 50 minutes. "Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood Moons'".

In spite of the fact that a supermoon appears somewhat bigger in the sky than a full moon, the distinction is nearly incomprehensible for most people to see.

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