This year 2017 only has one “super moon”. What is a super moon? It is when the moon is closest in orbit to the earth and we get almost thirty percent more moonlight. The full moon will be much brighter. Don’t worry if you miss this one we will have two more in 2018, on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018. NASA … “The late January supermoon will take place during a total lunar eclipse visible from western North America, the Pacific and Eastern Asia. It will also be a blue moon, too. A super moon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth, which is also called the perigee. That makes the moon look extra-close and extra bright, up to fourteen percent bigger and thirty percent brighter than a full moon at its furthest point from Earth, called the apogee.”
“The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it,” said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in the same statement. “But it’s another great chance to watch the moon.”
Because the moon will be full twice in one month in January 2018, that is known as a blue moon. Which only happen about every 2.5 years. Hence the term once in a blue moon.
The December full moon is known as the Cold Moon. December is the month when winter begins for most of the Northern Hemisphere, and the Full Moon is called the Cold Moon. The Old English/Anglo-Saxon name is the Moon Before Yule, while another name is Wolf Moon, however, this is more common for the January Full Moon.