New Year Starts With A Super Blue Moon, A Blood Moon, And A Black Moon


Full Moon up close
Full Moon up close

Happy New year and welcome to 2018.  January first was the full wolf moon, which also happens to be a super moon.  That means the moon’s orbit is in perigee, its closest point to Earth.  The moon this year will be full, just as the moon hits its closest point in orbit (perigee), making it appear up to fourteen percent larger and thirty percent brighter than usual  (9:24 p.m. EST (0224 GMT Tuesday Jan. 2).  The January full moon is called the Wolf Moon named after howling wolves, that would appear outside native American villages. It is also known as the Old Moon, Moon after Yule and the Snow Moon.  Some Native American tribes refereed to this as the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.  However this year the snow moon will appear in January and also be a blue moon.  The next blue moon this year will occur in March, on the same days as January.


Blood moon from the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse, supermoon, moon in perigee
Blood moon from the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse

A blue moon occurs when a full moon happens more than once in the same month.  Hence the saying once in a blue moon.  Originally a blue moon was considered to be when a full moon occurred four times in a season. A season usually has three full moons.  This January’s  blue moon and super moon will also be a total lunar eclipse and create what has become known as the blood moon. When in total eclipse the moon appears red.  North America will be able to see this total lunar eclipse.  The west coast will see the full eclipse the east coast will see a partial due to the time the moon sets. The Earth’s shadow will completely cover the moon, on Jan. 31, 2018.  The January blue moon is known as the snow moon, which is normally the February full moon.  There will not be a full moon in February this year.  February will be a “Black Moon”  this is a term not used often, but it describes a month without a full moon. This can only occur in February due to the amount of days in the month.  Full moons cycle every 29.53 days.  The black moon is a rare occurrence.  It has also been used to describe a month with two new moons.

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So get out and check out the moon, bundle up because the cold is brutal out there and will be all month.

Fish On!

Rich King

Moon phase dates and times for 2018 … 

Lunation New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter Duration
1175 Jan 1 18:24 Jan 8 14:25 29d 19h 47m
1176 Jan 16 18:17 Jan 24 14:20 Jan 31 05:26 Feb 7 07:53 29d 18h 48m
1177 Feb 15 13:05 Feb 23 00:09 Mar 1 16:51 Mar 9 03:19 29d 16h 06m
1178 Mar 17 06:11 Mar 24 08:35 Mar 31 05:36 Apr 8 00:17 29d 12h 46m
1179 Apr 15 18:57 Apr 22 14:45 Apr 29 17:58 May 7 19:08 29d 9h 51m
1180 May 15 04:47 May 21 20:49 May 29 07:19 Jun 6 11:31 29d 7h 55m
1181 Jun 13 12:43 Jun 20 03:50 Jun 27 21:53 Jul 6 00:50 29d 7h 05m
1182 Jul 12 19:47 Jul 19 12:52 Jul 27 13:20 Aug 4 11:17 29d 7h 10m
1183 Aug 11 02:57 Aug 18 00:48 Aug 26 04:56 Sep 2 19:37 29d 8h 04m
1184 Sep 9 11:01 Sep 16 16:14 Sep 24 19:52 Oct 2 02:45 29d 9h 45m
1185 Oct 8 20:46 Oct 16 11:01 Oct 24 09:45 Oct 31 09:40 29d 12h 15m
1186 Nov 7 08:01 Nov 15 06:54 Nov 22 21:39 Nov 29 16:18 29d 15h 18m
1187 Dec 6 23:20 Dec 15 03:49 Dec 22 09:48 Dec 29 01:34 29d 18h 08m
* All times are local time for List. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.



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