Look out for a Wolf Moon over Manchester this New Year

Look out for a Wolf Moon over Manchester this New Year

It'll be the first of 2018 and it will be closely followed by another just weeks later.

Each full moon of the year has been given various names by different cultures around the world. The flawless time to encounter the Full Moon Supermoon is after moonrise when it is just above the skyline. A supermoon, the site added, happens when the moon is in something called "perigee", which means it's making its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit.

You will not be able to observe the Blue moon in every place on Earth because the second full moon of Jan will not technically happen in those areas until 1 February. Really, this is the astrological event that is a true must-see in January.

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.

January's supermoons will be just the latest in a spate of supermoon events taking place in close succession.

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It's almost impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear.

The second of a "supermoon trilogy" that began with a supermoon at this beginning of this month, the New Year's supermoon should look about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, the space agency reports.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". These happen about twice a year, when the the moon lines up with the Earth and Sun so that Earth totally blocks the sun's light that we see reflected on the moon. This is when the moon will also take on the characteristically orange-red color of a blood moon as it passes over the Midwest through the completion of the lunar eclipse. "With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: a "super blue blood" Moon".

Even after the ball drops at midnight on December 31, the new year will bring another big, bright, shining orb at the start of 2018. 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!

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