New year, blue Moon

New year, blue Moon

Troy Powers
December 30, 2017

There will be more than just fireworks lighting up the night sky this New Year's.

Most days the moon is almost 238,855 miles from Earth, but during the supermoon it will be approximately 223,068 miles away, according to NASA. 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. This is when the moon will also take on the characteristically orange-red color of a blood moon as it passes over the Midwest through the completion of the lunar eclipse.

A second supermoon in one month is also a blue moon, NASA explains.

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     RARE Supermoons occur every one to two years
GETTY RARE Supermoons occur every one to two years

If "go big or go home" is your motto for ringing in the new year, you're in good company: The moon is showing up to the party too, treating skywatchers to several events in January.

The first full moon will happen the evening of January 1 or the morning of January 2, thinking of where you are.

On Jan. 31, a supermoon will appear in the sky along with a lunar eclipse. As an example, Space.com explained that in Melbourne, Australia, the first full moon comes on January 2 at 1:24 p.m. local time. For the viewers of 31 January lunar eclipse, from some places, this will not be entirely visible because it starts near moonrise and is only visible on Earth's night side. The eclipse will be visible starting at 5:51am and last about 1 hour and 50 minutes. Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, stated that the supermoons are a great chance to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every opportunity you have! These happen about twice a year, when the the moon lines up with the Earth and Sun so that Earth totally blocks the sun's light that we see reflected on the moon. According to Space.com, the sky above will be putting on a rare and glorious show of its own over New Year's Day and throughout the month of January with a super blue blood moon you just have to see.

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