Two supermoons to grace January night skies


Interestingly, January's pair of supermoons will mark the final two episodes of the "supermoon trilogy" that began last month with a full cold moon.

2018's biggest and brightest supermoon will be visible before our very eyes on New Year's Day.

A supermoon, when the moon appear to be brighter and larger than normal, happens when a full moon occurs while the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. Those who are unwilling to stay up that late just to gaze at the moon don't have to worry, as the celestial event will be visible from moonrise and throughout the night. Blue moons happen only every 2.5 years or so (hence the phrase "once in a blue moon"), making the month of January an extremely potent time, astrologically speaking.

Such events see the moon seem some 14 per cent larger in size, and nearly one-third brighter.

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, the Times Square ball won't be the only glowing orb in the sky-it'll be joined by a supermoon.

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August's coast-to-coast total solar eclipse captured the attention of millions of Americans and became a major cultural event this year, but the moon's big moment is finally about to arrive at the top of 2018. The moon will appear to be oversized for a few nights after that, though will no longer be a full moon.

In 2018, there will be one other supermoon on January 31, 2018.

But that won't be the only rarity that night.

According to the space agency, the 31 January supermoon will pair up with a total lunar eclipse that could be seen from eastern Asia across the Pacific to western North America. Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood Moons'. To get the full effect of the lunar eclipse, watch at moonset, NASA advises.