Right now, the moon is very very full (7 photos)

02 January, 2018, 12:07 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • The moon will appear to be 16 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter tonight

Sky gazers will be able to see the first supermoon of the year Monday night, and it is set to the brightest one of the year, according to NASA.

But do not worry if you missed it, there will be a second chance to see the supermoon at the end of January.

This will be the "biggest full moon of 2018", and the difference in the moon's apparent size, compared with when it is positioned at its average distance from Earth, will be 7.3 percent.

With the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle indeed, a "super blue blood" moon, NASA said.

Here's the time to watch Moon-Rise.

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. This one showed the supermoon rising over Rome. When these events coincide (a full moon at perigee), some people refer to the event as a "supermoon".

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On January 15, the moon is estimated to be 406,423 kilometers away.

The moon tonight will appear red to many in the United Kingdom because of the way the atmosphere bends the light bouncing off the moon.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter. But the European Space Agency offered an alternative to living on weather-plagued earth when it announced in September that some people could be moving to the moon by 2030, and whole families could be living in lunar colonies by 2050. The last time two blue moons happened in the same year was 1999.

In case you don't remember, a "supermoon" occurs when the moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky.

And if you miss Monday's supermoon, the wait won't be long as another will take place on January 31.

The good news... you will not have to wait long at all.

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