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Supermoon New Year's 2018 Tonight

02 January 2018

A supermoon generally appears about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at apogee, when the moon is farthest from the Earth, according to NASA.

The moon is called blue because it's the second full moon in the month and it's red because it's going to be eclipsed.

According to EarthSky.org, tonight's supermoon will also be the closest perigee of the year. When this happens, the moon appears rusty, or blood colored.

Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse, a point at which the moon passes behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow), will begin at 6:51 p.m. on January 31 and will be best observed in Taiwan between 8:51 p.m.to 10:08 p.m., said the observatory. This moon is also called the Wolf Moon.

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PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 6:49 a.m. and end at 12:09 a.m. on February 1.

On Jan. 31 the moon will still be very close to its perigee, or closest point in its orbit around the earth (less than 360,000 kilometers away) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible in much of northern Ontario, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in southern Ontario.

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It may be cold outside, but you'll want to check out tonight's Supermoon/Wolf Moon. "At that time, the distance of the moon from the Earth will be 3,56,846 km". A third supermoon will happen January 31.

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January 2018 will have not one but two full moons.

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. It was the closest approach to Earth since 1948.

The first and last supermoon of 2017 didn't happen until December, but in 2018 the wait won't last past New Year's Day.

"The best thing about this, with lunar eclipses it doesn't matter where you are because the moon is so bright and visible", Bonadurer said. The Full Moon phase will occur 4.5 hours later at 7.54 am.

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Supermoon New Year's 2018 Tonight