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Wolf Moon: 2018 Starts With Something to Howl At

Wolf Moon: 2018 Starts With Something to Howl At

A so-called wolf moon rises over Glastonbury Tor on Jan. 11, 2017, in Somerset, England. In some parts of the world, the January full moon is nicknamed the wolf moon, which dates back to the days when native American tribes gave names to each month's full moon to help keep track of the seasons. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 08:38 AM

A wolf moon will light up the sky on the first day of 2018, marking the start of a new year with something to howl at.

The first full moon of the year, nicknamed the wolf moon, happens to be a supermoon that will peak on Jan. 1 at 9:24 PM ET, Newsweek noted.

What this means is that, in a rare occurrence, the first full moon of 2018 falls on New Year's Day and will be something truly worth celebrating as it will appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon.

If you miss the wolf moon, don't despair, a second supermoon will follow weeks later, CNN said.

This is another rare occurrence that takes place every two and a half years or so, when two full moons fall within a single month. This second full moon, a blue moon, is set to appear on Jan. 31 and will feature a total lunar eclipse.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset," said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in a statement. "Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it. But it's another great chance to watch the moon."

Stargazers hoping to catch a glimpse of the full supermoon are recommended to do so right after moonrise, when it is just rising above the horizon, CBS News reported.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" Petro added.

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