New Year's Day Brings Biggest Full Moon Of 2018

The New Years Eve wolf moon or supermoon over Blackhouse Woods Berkshire supermoon Berkshire

There will also be a total lunar eclipse that day as well, although for us in OH, we should not see the total part of that eclipse before the moon sets.

"The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere", PAGASA explained.

Tonight is the first supermoon of 2018. The eclipse will be full around 6 a.m., about 50 minutes before sunrise on February 1. A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes completely through the Earth's shadow. For example in US Mountain time (MST), the eclipse will begin at 4:48 AM, but as the full eclipse winds down, the moon will already be dipping below the horizon. The Full Moon phase will occur 4.5 hours later at 7.54 am. The eclipse will start at 5:51 a.m. and will not be a full eclipse when the moon sets just after 7 a.m. The last one occurred on December 3.

Twitter users around the world have shared images of the January 1 supermoon.




The first full moon of 2018 will reach its peak tonight between January 1 and 2 - at around 2.24am. That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon. The best time to watch this supermoon would be when it is setting over the western horizon early in the morning. The moon will be about 221,600 miles from the Earth tonight, which is about 500 miles closer than where the moon was (distance-wise) last month when we had our last full moon, and super moon. Hopefully, some of you can share a better version.

The name "supermoon" was coined by an astrologer in 1979 and is often used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean (pear-ih-jee-un) full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

In other moon news, there's a supermoon tonight.

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