New Year's Supermoon Tonight

Doug Carpenter
January 2, 2018

The first full moon of 2018 will be a supermoon, and will occur on Tuesday. What makes this one so special is that it's happening during a Blue Moon, or the second full moon of the month (depending on which definition you go by).

In a statement, NASA said that the "blue moon blood moon supermoon" rising on January 31 will be the most extraordinary of all. But, this Blue Moon, which is also a Supermoon, will bring another treat. NASA said that the total solar eclipse, which occurs when a new moon passes between the sun and the earth, was "one of the biggest internet events in recent history and by far the biggest online event NASA has ever measured". It will also serve as our last Supermoon of 2018.

PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 6:49 a.m. and end at 12:09 a.m. on February 1.

It will appear brighter and bigger than a usual full moon because it will be closer to the time of perigee.

The moon is set to reach its perigee, at a distance of 3.56 lakh km from the earth, at 3.34 am and will set around 7.54 am. Look outside and check out the full moon tonight. That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon. It was the closest approach to Earth since 1948.

You can watch webcasts of January's New Year's Day supermoon live today and tonight. The term gives preference to the geometric alignment of Sun-Earth-Moon and allows the occurrence of perigee into a wider time period than the actual instant of perigee (up to about two weeks, which is nearly half of the Moon's orbit). In fact, we have two full moons this month, and both of them will be Supermoons!

The first and last supermoon of 2017 didn't happen until December, but in 2018 the wait won't last past New Year's Day.

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