Look out for a Wolf Moon over Manchester this New Year

30 December, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Archie Newman
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Three curious things might appear in the sky: a Blue Moon, a total eclipse of the moon and a Supermoon. The Full Wolf Moon, the one taking place on New Year's day, will be visible starting around 4:30PM EST, assuming cloud cover isn't a problem in your location.

According to NASA, January's first full moon - nicknamed a wolf moon - will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon. Unfortunately, the blue moon won't actually be blue in color. Full moons are usually separated by 29 days, but the extra "blue moon" was able to squeeze in this January, which has 31 days. The supermoon is a Full Moon when it is nearest point to the Earth on its orbit.

But that's not the only label of January 31's moon - that full moon also happens to be the second full moon of the month, an event that is often referred to as a "blue moon".

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January 1 won't just bring in the New Year. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches its perigree, the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth.

The supermoon will happen the evening of January 30. Viewers on the eastern side of the United States will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse during moonset on the morning of February 1. The final installment of the supermoon series will kick off on January 31, which will be "extra special", NASA says. If you're located in Western North American or Eastern Asia, you may be able to see this happen. Blue moons happen about every two and half years. "Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood Moons'". "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, supervising research assistant at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The moon is pretty cool and worth looking at, no matter what: "The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!"

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