New Year's Day Brings Biggest Full Moon Of 2018

A ‘real’ blue Moon may be seen after a volcanic eruption
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PETE LAWRENCE

A fresh New Year's Day supermoon kicked off 2018 attracting viewers around the world. Don't worry, January will have another full moon this month, making it a "Blue Moon".

People will also be able to witness the total lunar eclipse on January 31. But, this Blue Moon, which is also a Supermoon, will bring another treat. In some situations, the supermoon can appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a normal full moon. While the United States won't be getting another look at a total solar eclipse until 2024, parts of the U.S. will get to see another rare eclipse in 2018 and they'll get to check it out this month. Cue space tourism. In February, Elon Musk-owned SpaceX announced that it would be sending paying tourists to the moon in flights as early as 2018.

This is a Supermoon. meaning that the full moon is occurring when the moon is at or near it's closest approach to the earth on it's orbit.

Perigee is an astronomical term that identifies the nearest distance of the moon to the earth.

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes, PAGASA said, however, a binocular or telescope will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter.

He said: "Supermoons occur when the full moon is at perigee". This one showed the supermoon rising over Rome. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter.

On January 15, the moon is estimated to be 406,423 kilometers away.

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

The largest recent supermoon occurred in previous year.

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

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