Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Supermoon to usher in the new year

6793bf0021e04a6b902ea78afbeb0b5b Missed This Mornings Supermoon? Extra Special One Coming Jan. 31 Monday’s supermoon was obscured in Sacramento by clouds
Ray Hunter | 02 January, 2018, 12:12

A supermoon is a full moon that appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.

January 2018 will have not one but two full moons.

The Jan. 31 supermoon will also be referred to as a blue moon because it will be the second full moon of the month.

Apogee is the opposite of perigee - meaning the moon is at its farthest from the Earth.

New and full moons realign on or near the same dates once every 19 years.

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A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth. When added to the glow of a full moon, the difference is hardly perceptible to the human eye. It could not be seen well from Mumbai as the sky was overcast.

The best viewing will be from a tall structure because the moon will be so low on the horizon. The orange/yellow/red colors come from atmospheric effects, when the moonlight gets scattered, much like through a prism, in the atmosphere. The last supermoon was the full moon of December 3, 2017.

If the criteria for a supermoon is chiefly dependent on the moon's arrival at its closest point in its orbit relative to Earth, then the "super" branding is a bit of a misnomer. Nolle also wrote about how super moons can cause natural disasters.

NASA, however, is calling this first full moon of 2018 a "wolf moon". A second full moon in a calendar month is considered a "blue moon".

The largest supermoon of the year will be visible in the skies over Taiwan this evening (Jan. 2) and will be followed lunar eclipse at the end of the month, according to the Astronomical Observatory under the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

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