Look for the supermoon on New Year's Day (night)

Herbert Rhodes
January 2, 2018

2018's second and last supermoon will happen at the end of the month, on January 31, and it will be extra special because it will also feature a lunar eclipse. It appears a bit brighter than a standard full moon, although weather conditions play a bigger role in its visibility.

The first supermoon of 2018 has been seen in Cornwall and the photos are lovely. The supermoon on January 31 is also known as the Blue Moon since it's the second full moon of January.

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

Best time to watch will be around 9 p.m. Monday, when the moon's altitude will be around 41 degrees, heading east-southeast at 105 degrees. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.com, which livestreams supermoons. The moon will be blocked out by the earth's shadow. The last one occurred on December 3.

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In an advisory issued to all businesses located near the coastline, Goa tourism director Menino D'Souza has also cautioned against the supermoon phenomenon occurring once again on January 31. That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon. In fact, sometimes the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon are almost indistinguishable.

Check out the Roseland Observatory's handy guide to seeing the supermoon at its best below. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full the same day it reaches its perigee, its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. Today's moon is expected to be 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than normal.

In other moon news, there's a supermoon tonight. And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, I have some good news for you.

As the moon orbits the Earth every month, there is a point in every cycle where the moon is closest (perigee) and a point where it's farthest away (apogee).

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