Story highlightsA second supermoon will occur on January 31Best time to view a full supermoon is right after moonrise
(CNN)There will be more than just fireworks lighting up the night sky this New Year’s.
According to NASA, January’s first full moon — nicknamed a wolf moon — will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon. It’ll be the first of 2018 and it will be closely followed by another just weeks later. In case you don’t remember, a “supermoon” occurs when the moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches its perigree, the point in the moon’s elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth. During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. They typically occur around every 13 months, according to NASA. But if you miss the supermoon on New Year’s Day, don’t worry. The big event is coming on January 31, when another supermoon is set to light up the sky — making it, as some have pointed out, a “blue supermoon.”Read MoreAs NASA notes, some folks call the second full moon in a single month a blue moon, and they occur about every two and a half years. Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. It was the only supermoon of the year and the first of three consecutive supermoons. The next two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31.Hide Caption 1 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe supermoon rises over a highway near Yangon, Myanmar. The lunar phenomenon occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth.Hide Caption 2 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe supermoon is seen behind a minaret in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.Hide Caption 3 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire, England.Hide Caption 4 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe year’s only supermoon is bright behind the clouds above the Castle of Corigliano, in Calabria, southern Italy.Hide Caption 5 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe moon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y.Hide Caption 6 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe moon rises behind the US Capitol in Washington, DC, viewed from Arlington, Virginia.Hide Caption 7 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldThe iconice winidmill in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is illuminated by the supermoon. The moon is at its closest point to Earth, making the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.Hide Caption 8 of 9 Photos: 2017 supermoon around the worldAn airplane crosses in front of the moon, seen in Avondale Estates, Georgia.Hide Caption 9 of 9January 31’s supermoon, according to the space agency, will also feature a total lunar eclipse — when the Earth, sun and moon, line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon. So the moon won’t be as bright, but it will “take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow,” NASA says, and could take on a “reddish hue.” That celestial event will be visible from western North America through the Pacific Ocean to eastern Asia, NASA says. The 2017 supermoon is super sky showJanuary’s supermoons will be just the latest in a spate of supermoon events taking place in close succession. The last one occurred on December 3. The best time to see the full supermoon is right after moonrise, when it is just getting up above the horizon, timeanddate.com says. That site also provides a calculator, so you can figure out exactly when to get out and watch. If you can’t get out to take in the view with your own eyes, the Internet can bring it to you. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.com, which livestreams supermoons.