Check out the supermoon on New Year's Day

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Start 2018 right by taking in a super moonrise: The first supermoon of 2018 is happening on the first day of the new year.

According to, a supermoon happens "when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye. "

You can see the first supermoon of 2018 on January 1. Another supermoon will take place on January 31 – and, according to NASA, it will also feature a total lunar eclipse.

The January 31 supermoon is a Blue Moon (the second of two full moons in one calendar month), as well as an eclipsed moon.

Moonrise is at at 5:23 p.m. on New Year's Day--be sure to watch it then, rising over the eastern horizon, for the full effect caused by the moon illusion.

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