Incredible period of special full moons begins New Year's Night

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Because there's another full moon January 31.

It may seem like the 31st's moon is the lunar spectacle to keep your eyes on, but don't forget about the one on New Year's Day - it could be a great way to commemorate the start of 2018.

Each full moon of the year has been given various names by different cultures around the world.

Even if you somehow miss the supermoon on the night of January 1st - that New Year's Eve hangover will probably still be in full effect so we won't hold it against you - another lunar treat is slated for later on in the month.

On Jan. 1, the full moon will be at its closest orbit around Earth - NASA explains that means it will be about 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal. reports that the first supermoon of the year is nicknamed Wolf Moon, and will peak at 9:24 p.m. ET. The best time to check out a full moon is when it's low on the horizon, during moonrise or moonset.

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Native Americans knew the full moon of January as the Wolf Moon, a time when wolves roamed the edges of the village in search of whatever food they might find. Under those conditions, the full moon appears to be as much as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon when the moon is at its farthest point from Earth, which is called apogee. The big event is coming on January 31, when another supermoon is set to light up the sky - making it, as some have pointed out, a "blue supermoon".

January's supermoons will be just the latest in a spate of supermoon events taking place in close succession.

Blue Moons aren't unique as they happen around once every 2.7 years because the number of days in a new moon to new moon is a bit less than the usual calendar month.

Our expected superstar is the lunar eclipse which will take place on January 31. Only light reflected off the Earth will show on the surface of the moon, which will have a red to reddish-brown cast. Totally eclipsed moons are sometimes referred to as a "blood moon", which is why the end of the month supermoon earned the special designation of "super blue blood moon".