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Full Wolf Moon: New Year's Supermoon Is the Biggest of the Year

New Year’s Day is usually a time of fireworks, resolutions, and midnight kisses. However, this year we are able to see a Supermoon – the Moon in its full and amazing look.

The 1st Jan 2018 starts with a "Full Wolf Moon" — the largest one of two Supermoons that will be shown to us this January.

So, be attentive! As on Jan. 1, 2018, Earth will be in proximity to the Moon exactly at 4:54 p.m. EST. The Moon will be at its peak of fullness at 9:24 p.m. EST on Tuesday Jan. 2.

The first Supermoon

A supermoon happens when the moon is at its most proximate peak to the Earth around the same time as a full moon. The moon looks way bigger and shines more intensely during this period.

The New Year’s moon will seem larger than a regular one, however lots of people would hardly see the difference. However, according to such thing as the "moon illusion," the moon could seem bigger when it's located not so far away to the horizon, so this New Year's supermoon is really amazing when it shows up in the sky.

Moon myths

The Full Wolf Moon got its name from the pack of wolves that used to howl to the Moon near the Native American villages through these January full moons, as Farmer’s Almanac claims. However, there are some other sources that state that the full moons in fact originate from Anglo-Saxon times.

Anyway, wolves do not actively howl through the period of supermoon, according to the studies. By the way, wolves usually howl at the Moon at all, they howl to transfer messages to each other- as a mean of communication.

Lots of supermoon misconceptions have connected the extraordinary glowing heavenly object to a large number of creepy outcomes. Some people think that supermoons drive people mad. Other people believe supermoons start the sequence of natural catastrophes. A great number of these probable effects (such as boosted statistics of emergency-room cases) were not approved or studied by any research works, so there is no scientific reason to think so.

Though the Moon will be at its nearest peak to our planet on Jan. 1, the moon will get larger and lighter step by step over the next days. So, people who were too busy, or missed the first glance of the Moon will be able to see it one more time and even brighter. The next supermoon in one calendar month, to be more precise the Blue Moon, will take place on Jan. 31, 2018.