An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018

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On the night of January 30th, a blue moon will rise for much of the world, reaching fullness at approximately 8:27am EST on January 31st. In the United Kingdom, people can look up to see the full moon at 2:24 a.m.

Native Americans knew the full moon of January as the Wolf Moon, a time when wolves roamed the edges of the village in search of whatever food they might find.

The supermoon is a nickname of its own, referring to a full moon that appears larger and more luminous due to its increased proximity to the Earth. Then, the moon will be just 223,068 miles from Earth, compared to its average distance of 238,855 miles.

You'll have another chance to catch a supermoon on January 31.

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Yet looking up at the moon itself to observe our celestial companion is worth it, and a supermoon (or other full moon) is as good an occasion as any to check it out.

Even if you somehow miss the supermoon on the night of January 1st - that New Year's Eve hangover will probably still be in full effect so we won't hold it against you - another lunar treat is slated for later on in the month.

And as a post by NASA on the "supermoon trilogy" explains, the January 31 supermoon will be definitely worth taking a look at.

And, that super/blue moon on January 31 will have a red sheen to it, because it will be part of a lunar eclipse, according to NASA.

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"About twice each year, a full Moon lines up perfectly with the Earth and Sun such that Earth's shadow totally blocks the Sun's light, which would normally reflect off the Moon", NASA said. 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.

Blue Moons aren't unique as they happen around once every 2.7 years because the number of days in a new moon to new moon is a bit less than the usual calendar month.

As NASA explains it: "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".

Our expected superstar is the lunar eclipse which will take place on January 31. "Will have to get up in the morning to see it, but it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

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