You won't have to wait long for the first supermoon of 2018

     RARE Supermoons occur every one to two years

GETTY RARE Supermoons occur every one to two years

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.

This January is unique in that it is bookmarked by two supermoons, the second arriving on January 31.

If you're behind on your moon lingo, Quartz explains that supermoons appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal full moons.

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Ever see a moon in the sky so close it appears you could touch it? Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

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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 moon will appear to be oversized for a few nights after that, though will no longer be a full moon.

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"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" says Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"If you can only catch one episode of the supermoon trilogy, catch the third one".

The first full moon of the year is named after howling wolves. "It will be extra special", NASA added. Therefore the moon on 31 January is a Blue Moon.

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That Jan. 31 supermoon will also feature a complete lunar eclipse at moonset, viewable in its entirety from western North America and all the way over the Pacific Ocean to eastern Asia, NASA says. The super blue moon will also occur during a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's light from reflecting off the moon.

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