New year to start with 'supermoon' on January 2

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     RARE Supermoons occur every one to two years

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.

If you're behind on your moon lingo, Quartz explains that supermoons appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal full moons. January 31's supermoon will occur during a total lunar eclipse.

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

The New Year is set for a bright beginning with the first supermoon of 2018 falling on January 1. Full wolf moons have also been called the Old Moon and the Moon after Yule.

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That's not where the fun ends for all the moon heads out there, though. Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

It won't be a spectacular viewing experience for people in the Carolinas - The lunar eclipse will be totally viewable in western North America to eastern Asia, according to NASA - but the moon will still appear big and bright in Charlotte.

In this handout provided by NASA, the moon is seen as it rises on December 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.

It's hard for our eyes to distinguish these small changes in size when the Moon is high amidst the vastness of the night sky.

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The next two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018.

"If you can only catch one episode of the supermoon trilogy, catch the third one". "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon". It will be extra special. This later Supermoon will also cause a total lunar eclipse, in which the earth's shadow totally covers the moon.

Space.com points out that the first January supermoon will happen on Jan. 1 at 9.24 p.m. EST, and will be seen in the sky at the same time as the sun for a period.

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