Supermoon New Year's 2018 Tonight

Posted January 02, 2018

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As the New Year gets rolling, the first full moon of 2018 made its appearance yesterday. But the best time to see it are the hours just after sunset, when it's first rising into the sky, at about 4:39 p.m.

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

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.

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But if you miss tonight's moon - never fear, the January 31 moon will be "extra special" according to Nasa. When this happens, the moon appears rusty, or blood colored. If you want to know when your local "moonrise" time is, check here and put your city in the search bar.

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

For the January 31 total eclipse of the blue moon, viewers will be able to see it early in the morning though in Wisconsin it will be low in the western sky. That full moon - the second in the same calendar month - is also known as a Blue Moon.

NASA says this will be the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2018.

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It will be also visible from western South America, North America, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, Pacific Ocean, and Indian Ocean. The moon will be blocked out by the earth's shadow.

The largest recent supermoon occurred in past year.

Check out the Roseland Observatory's handy guide to seeing the supermoon at its best below. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.com, which livestreams supermoons.

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