The full moon that will be visible on New Year's Day will appear bigger than usual, but most people will not notice the difference. However, thanks to a phenomenon called the ‘moon illusion,’ the moon may appear bigger when it's close to the horizon, so this New Year's supermoon may be most impressive when it is rising.
In the United States they say the Full Wolf Moon gets its name from the hungry wolves that would howl outside Native American villages during these January full moons (according to the Farmer's Almanac); however, some people argue that the names for the full moons actually come from Anglo-Saxon culture (according to timeanddate.com).
Although the moon will be at its closest point to Earth on the 1st January, it will gradually appear bigger and brighter over the coming days. And those who are suffering the effects of too much partying on New Year’s Eve shouldn't despair: another supermoon will occur 31st January - this one a Blue Moon, or the second full moon in a calendar month, which will appear 11% bigger than usual. That later supermoon will also be involved in a total lunar eclipse, in which the Earth's shadow totally covers the moon, making it a Blood Moon as well.
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