Supermoons, Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse: January 2018’s Dazzling Night Sky

Three supermoons – we have already had one Supermoon on December 3rd.  The other two remaining ones will come on January 1st and then on January 31st.  On January 31st the super-blue moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow causing a total lunar eclipse.

On January 1 — New Year’s Day — we’ll see the first supermoon of 2018.

Different cultures around the world have given various names to each full moon of the year. The first full moon of the year is called the wolf moon after the idea that wolves howl at the moon.

And in this case, it’s also a supermoon, a full moon that arrives when the moon is at or near the part of its orbit that’s closest to Earth.

The difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon isn’t always easy to tell — though if you could put a supermoon next to a micromoon, a full moon at the part of its orbit furthest from Earth, you’d see it.

But looking up to observe our celestial companion is worth it, and a supermoon (or another full moon) is as good an occasion as any to check it out.  Business Insider

Lunar Eclipse

If you live in North America or the Hawaiian Islands, remember that this lunar eclipse will be visible in your sky during the morning hours before sunrise on January 31. On the other hand, if you live in the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand, this lunar eclipse will happen in the evening hours after sunset on January 31. Earthsky

Check lunar eclipse times for your area.

Super blue blood moon

But if you’re only able to catch the one, then Nasa recommends making sure you see the last, on 31 January. The sky is saving the best of the trilogy until last.

That moon will also coincide with a lunar eclipse, where the Earth perfectly moves between the Sun and the Moon, blocking out the light that would normally be reflected from its surface. That will turn the moon darker than normal and give it a strange, eerie look as it loses its light.

Often, the effect of that is to turn the moon red, because of the way that the light bends around the Earth. That has led to lunar eclipses being turned “blood moons”, since they take on the same deep red colouring.

The 31 January Supermoon will also be the second full moon in the month, which some people refer to as the Blue Moon. That happens once every two-and-a-half years – though obviously them lining up with a supermoon is even more rare. Independent

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