2018 is starting off strong with not one but two very special supermoons.
The first occurs on New Year's Day; the second, on January 31st, will be a full lunar eclipse, or blood moon. The January 1st full moon is called a wolf moon, which according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, is what Native American tribes called it after the wolves who would howl in hunger at the time of its rising. It has also been referred to as the snow moon or old moon. It will reach peak fullness at 6:25 pm PST.
When there are two full moons in a single month, the second is known as a blue moon, which although is not actually blue, occurs about every 30 months. This January 31st moon may actually take on a more crimson hue, however, as it coincides with a total lunar eclipse. This super moon will reach its peak at 5:27 am PST.
Take in these glorious, beaming moons by heading out to one of our choice, local vantage points, or make an event out of it and go on one of these sunset hikes that end with a killer view or an adventurous night hike. Watch the sun set, and then the super moon rise on the first day of the New Year. Here's a preview from local captures of previous super and blood moons.