Supermoon, Meteor Shower and Eclipse to Begin 2018

Alan Olson
January 2, 2018

There will be other supermoons in 2018, including one at the end of the month.

Thomas snapped this photo over Newquay on New Year's Day evening, showing the harbour bathed in moonlight.

The first full moon occurred on January 2 and the second one will be observed on January 31.

A supermoon is a moon that is full and also near its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

This year's supermoon will appear at 10:45 a.m. today over Taiwan at a distance of 356,565 kilometers (221,559 miles) from the Earth and will be best viewed just after dusk tonight, according to the observatory.

In the United Kingdom, the peak point was just before 2.30am on Tuesday but we reckon it looked pretty impressive earlier in the evening!

In the wee hours of January 2, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and almost 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon, according to scientists. It appears 14% bigger than normal and is therefore pretty spectactular and attracts a lot of attention. The best time to watch this supermoon would be when it is setting over the western horizon early in the morning. That full moon - the second in the same calendar month - is also known as a Blue Moon.

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'Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called "blood Moons"'.

What is so "Super" about the moon tonight? It will be a neat site to see if you can courageous the extreme cold tonight, because we have a nice snow pack outside, which will reflect a lot of the light from the moon.

Noah Petro, a research scientist from Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, said the three supermoons were ideal chances to get into sky gazing.

Twitter users around the world have shared images of the January 1 supermoon. It looks slightly larger and slightly brighter, and definitely catches the eye.

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

There will be more than just fireworks lighting up the night sky for the new year.

Beach shack operators had complained about a lack of warning earlier this month, after a combination of cyclone Ockhi and Supermoon wrecked havoc on the beaches, with the rising water damaging several beach shacks and eroding beach stretches, popular with tourists.

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