Look! Up in the sky! It's a Supermoon!

02 January, 2018, 12:06 | Author: Grady King
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PETE LAWRENCE

It is the brightest full moon of the entire year and here we are on day number one of the year.

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full moon of the month, often referred to as the "blue moon", which happen every two and a half years, on average.

According to NASA, January's first full moon - nicknamed a wolf moon - will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon.

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Stargazers tonight will see that the moon appears to be both bigger and brighter tonight. Oklahoma will only see a partial lunar eclipse though.

The full moon on January 31 is exceptional because it also occurs as a "super moon".

A supermoon occurs when the moon is at the closest point to Earth on its monthly orbit, and as much of the moon as possible is visible. Today, our lunar companion reaches an extreme perigee distance of 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers).

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This evening, pictures show the blood-red moon rising over Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear. It will officially be a full moon at 8:24 p.m. local time, and it sets at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter. But let's stick with Wolf Moon, it sounds a bit more like a Nineties rap album. When added to the glow of a full moon, the difference is hardly perceptible to the human eye.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have". This year on Halloween, for instance, the last-quarter moon will come within less than 4 hours of perigee.

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

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"As long as it's clear out, you'll have no trouble seeing the moon at all", she said.

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