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02 January, 2018, 12:09 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • The moon will appear to be 16 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter tonight

The term "supermoon" was introduced by American astrologer Richard Nolle, who defined it as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit".

Miss tonight's moon? There will be another supermoon on January 31 and there will be a total eclipse then, too. As well as being a supermoon it will feature a total lunar eclipse which only happens around twice a year.

Tonight's full moon is the closest and brightest of the year.

There is also a monthly lunar cycle where we can see varying amounts of the moon depending on it's position relative to Earth and the Sun. 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. The moon rises at 4:17 p.m.

That is the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth and it makes for a pretty spectacular sight.

The moon is set to reach its perigee, at a distance of 3.56 lakh km from the earth, at 3.34 am and will set around 7.54 am. But let's stick with Wolf Moon, it sounds a bit more like a Nineties rap album. This one showed the supermoon rising over Rome.

The moon will technically be considered 100 percent full a 9:24 p.m.

Another Supermoon is on the calendar for January 31, 2018. It looks slightly larger and slightly brighter, and definitely catches the eye.

And there have been some pretty amusing reactions to seeing the moon, presumably because the only other choice late on New Year's Day is watching the final of the darts or a Bond movie.

Here are the full moon names for January.

In case you don't remember, a "supermoon" occurs when the moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky. If you want the best view of the moon, get as far away from ambient light as possible.

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