It's 2018 and fidget spinners are today's fish and chip paper because there's a new obsession sweeping the world on the first day of the new year.

A Super Moon - known as a Wolf Moon because wolves historically would howl at the full moon - is no ordinary moon because it's going to be the biggest and brightest of this year even though it's only January 1.

Check it out in these moody snaps from around the UK...

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

A Super Moon occurs when the Moon is at its closest orbit to Earth. It happens each month but tonight's moon is the closest of 2018.

The best time to catch it in the UK will be 2.24am GMT, which isn't ideal on the night before most people are going back to work but how much will sleep hit a spreadsheet or two?

The Met Office has said that the Moon is also known as an Old Moon, Ice Moon or Snow Moon in other cultures. But let's stick with Wolf Moon, it sounds a bit more like a Nineties rap album.

NASA tweeted about the Moon earlier in the day to whet people's appetites.

And there have been some pretty funny reactions to seeing the moon, presumably because the only other choice late on New Year's Day is watching the final of the darts or a Bond movie.

It all just reminds us of how incredible the universe really is. The next full moon will come on 7 February at 4.54pm so it's not quite as much of a late night.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Mischa Pearlman

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