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Full Wolf Supermoon - New Year's Day Coincides with the Biggest Moon of 2018 (+Video)

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A supermoon is set to light up the sky on New Year’s Day, as the lunar cycle and calendar cycle align for a rare astronomical treat.

New Year’s first full moon will peak on the night between 1 and 2 January 2018, at around 02:24 a.m. GMT (January 1, 9:24 p.m. ET).

 

It was known by early Native American tribes as the “Wolf Moon”, because this was the time of the year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps.

The 2018 Wolf Moon is also a “supermoon”, which means it coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth – known as the perigee.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/full-wolf-moon-light-up-11761984

It will appear up to 8% wider and 16% brighter than average full Moons later in the year.  The extra brightness of the full Moon on the night of Jan. 1-2 may have some side effects. Namely, super moondogs: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/parmoon.htm

Moondogs are rainbow-colored splashes of light to the left and right of bright moons, created by the light-bending action of ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. 
http://www.spaceweather.com/

https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-january

Clips, images credit: ESA/HUBBLE, ESO, NASA & THE OLD FARMER’S  ALMANAC

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library

 



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    • K¡llúḿ¡ńàṫ¡✝☪ ॐ ﷲ ✡

      Sun + Moon orbits the Earth :razz:
      you got a supermoon every month :wink:
      Why you don’t see a supermoon every month !clouds! :razz:
      I got a dog – The Dog Who Looked at Heaven Like Me :lol:

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