The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

NASA  Bill Ingalls

The supermoon is a Full Moon when it is nearest point to the Earth on its orbit. The supermoon at the end of the month will be the second full moon of the month, which is called a blue moon. Supermoons occur when the moon is at the closest point on its elliptical orbit around Earth, which could make the moon appear a bit closer and brighter, according to NASA.

During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon.

A blue moon is the second full moon of a month - in January, there will be a full moon on New Year's Day and on January 31 - while a supermoon is when the full moon appears larger and brighter to the naked eye.

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

Finally, the supermoon, or second full moon of the month, will take place the night before the second full moon on January 30. The moon will be 223,068 miles, 358,994 in km from Earth.

For January 31, 2018, you'll have to be up early here in Columbus to see the partial lunar eclipse.

New Year's Eve often prompts people to gaze into the sky, whether it be for a fireworks display or simply to watch the big ball drop in Times Square, but the night of January 1st, 2018, will give you another reason to look up. The flawless time to encounter the Full Moon Supermoon is after moonrise when it is just above the skyline. 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! 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. According to, 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.