Supermoon kicks off 2018

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A second full moon in a calendar month is considered a "blue moon".

But the January 31 supermoon will also be impressive, according to NASA, as it will be a total lunar eclipse and give the moon a reddish glow-referred to as a "Blood Moon".

This month's total lunar eclipse is said to be extraordinary as it will be the first total eclipse of a blue moon in 150 years, according to Space.com.

It will appear slightly bigger than a normal full moon, and it might appear to be significantly brighter than a full moon.

There is also a monthly lunar cycle where we can see varying amounts of the moon depending on it's position relative to Earth and the Sun. This is the biggest full moon of 2018.

The eclipse will start around 4:50 a.m. local time and will be partial about an hour later, making the moon appear red.

The name "supermoon" was coined by an astrologer in 1979 and is often used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean (pear-ih-jee-un) full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

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The moon is set to reach its perigee, at a distance of 3.56 lakh km from the earth, at 3.34 am and will set around 7.54 am.

This evening, pictures show the blood-red moon rising over Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear.

The moon tonight will appear red to many in the United Kingdom because of the way the atmosphere bends the light bouncing off the moon.

In an advisory issued to all businesses located near the coastline, Goa tourism director Menino D'Souza has also cautioned against the supermoon phenomenon occurring once again on January 31.

The first and last supermoon of 2017 didn't happen until December, but in 2018 the wait won't last past New Year's Day.

Here are the full moon names for January. The moon will be blocked out by the earth's shadow.

"The best thing about this, with lunar eclipses it doesn't matter where you are because the moon is so bright and visible", Bonadurer said.

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