New year to start with 'supermoon' on January 2

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This second full moon of the month-also called a blue moon-is also a lunar eclipse and according to NASA, it's "extra special".

However, due to a phenomenon called the "moon illusion" the moon may appear bigger when it's close to the horizon, so this supermoon may appear bigger when it's rising.

The space agency says the wolf moon - one of three such supermoons since the start of December 3 - will be followed by a "blue moon" on January 31.

"A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth", NASA explains on its website.

Such events see the moon seem some 14 per cent larger in size, and nearly one-third brighter.

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This January is unique in that it is bookmarked by two supermoons, the second arriving on January 31. They often appear at their most spectacular as they rise and set, NASA notes.

It's hard for our eyes to distinguish these small changes in size when the Moon is high amidst the vastness of the night sky.

We've written about Croatian folk traditions to be practiced on January 1 to ensure a fine deal of good fortune in the coming year.

For those still nursing a hangover the night of January 1, an even more intriguing supermoon will rise the night of January 31. If there's a time of year when all of us can get away with some silliness, it's the holidays - go out, look up, and howl!

Because of this rare coincidence, the event has been given on a long, tongue-twister of a name: a super blue blood moon. If skies are clear, the total eclipse will be visible from eastern Asia across the Pacific Ocean to western North America. So prepare yourself for the super blue blood moon the night of the lunar eclipse. With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: "a 'super blue blood" Moon. The moon thus won't be as bright as on January 1, but will still be visible throughout the world.