First supermoon of 2018 to coincide with New Year’s Day

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED December 29, 2017 03:57 pm
Photo by Carl Milner/Flickr

(Inside Manila) Fireworks aren’t the only thing lighting up the New Year’s sky as January’s first supermoon, dubbed as the wolf moon, will occur on January 1.

This astronomical event follows the spectacular view that is the December Supermoon, the first of the so-called “supermoon trilogy” by NASA, which was observed by millions of stargazers around the world. According to, the first supermoon of the year will peak right after the moonrise on January 2.

To reiterate, a supermoon happens when a full moon coincides with perigee—the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is closest to Earth. It is the opposite of micromoon which happens when a full or a new moon occurs close to the moon’s apogee—the point in the moon’s orbit farthest to Earth.

Observers need not bring special equipment as the wolf moon will be easily seen with the eyes. Just stay back, relax, and take in the dazzling display of this lunar phenomenon, and the pyrotechnics that will welcome 2018.



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