Supermoon to Mark First Day of 2018

01 January, 2018, 03:31 | Author: Earnest Huff
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     MASSIVE The rare lunar event will happen just at around 2am on January 2

The first, wolf moon, will be biggest of the year.

A supermoon is a full moon that appears at the perigee, the closest point in the moon's orbit to Earth. According to space.com the supermoon also known as the "full wolf moon" will rise on Jan 1, and become full on Jan 2.

A supermoon can appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when a full moon is at its farthest distance from Earth, NASA said.

This January is unique in that it is bookmarked by two supermoons, the second arriving on January 31. It has been named this way because this was the time when hungry wolves howled at the Moon, according to Daily Mail. Those who are unwilling to stay up that late just to gaze at the moon don't have to worry, as the celestial event will be visible from moonrise and throughout the night. Go figure. This total eclipse, which will occur when the sun enters the path of the bright supermoon, will be visible from western North America, the Pacific, and Eastern Asia. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth.

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However, due to a phenomenon called the "moon illusion" the moon may appear bigger when it's close to the horizon, so this supermoon may appear bigger when it's rising.

If you're going to go outside Monday to view the moon in the Charlotte region, you'll want to bundle up. That would be the moment when you'll be able to compare the massive moons with objects like local landmarks and trees and take some mind-boggling shots.

Because of this rare coincidence, the event has been given on a long, tongue-twister of a name: a super blue blood moon. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon". "Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", Petro added. There's no risk of any kind of eye damage.

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