New year, blue Moon

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The new year will ring in with a pair of fantastic celestial sights, with supermoons that will be visible on the first and last of January.

A lovely supermoon will light up the sky on New Year's Day and shine as a beacon of hope for all the people who over-celebrated the night before.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is in its full moon stage and also at the point in its orbit nearest to Earth, which is called perigee. This isn't as unusual as the saying "once in a blue moon" might imply: Two full moons typically occur in the same month every two and a half years. In this case, the Earth, the Sun and the Moon don't generally arrange themselves in a straight line to align the moon in the shadow of the Earth.

During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon. The celestial event will be viewable in totality from western North America to Eastern Asia. The moon will be 223,068 miles, 358,994 in km from Earth.

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That's because the January 31 supermoon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which will give the moon a reddish glow due to the sunlight reflected by the Earth's atmosphere.

For January 31, 2018, you'll have to be up early here in Columbus to see the partial lunar eclipse. Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, stated that the supermoons are a great chance to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every opportunity you have! 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 lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in nighttime unlike the solar eclipses which can be seen from specific places. Lunar eclipses don't happen each month in light of the fact that the plane of the lunar orbit is somewhat tilted with respect to the plane of the Earth's orbit. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon".

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