January 1 won’t just only bring in the New Year but also we’ll see the first supermoon of 2018. Around the world, each full moon of the year has been given several names by different cultures. The first moon of the New Year is named as the wolf moon after the idea that wolves howl at the moon.
And in this case, it is 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. A supermoon is a type of moon which is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth. The first appeared on December 3, 2017; this one is on January 1; and we’ll see a third of the trio on January 31, 2018.
Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has said, “The super moons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!” The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth’s atmosphere. Because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called ‘blood Moons as explained by NASA.
According to Petro, these occasions all serve to remind us of one good thing. The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset. As noted by Petro, folks in the United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it. Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA headquarters says that they are seeing all of the Earth’s sunrises, as well as sunsets at that moment, reflected from the surface of the Moon.