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Biggest supermoon of 2018 to shine over Taiwan tonight

Supermoon kicks off 2018 Biggest supermoon of 2018 to shine over Taiwan tonight
Edmund Robinson | 02 January, 2018, 12:08

The supermoon full moon is seen through Christmas lights on January 1, 2018 in Valletta, Malta.

The second perigee of the moon will be at 5:54 p.m. on January 30, according to PAGASA.

But the January 31 supermoon will also be impressive, according to NASA, as it will be a total lunar eclipse and give the moon a reddish glow-referred to as a "Blood Moon".

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have", said Noah Petro, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere", PAGASA explained. 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.

2018 will also bring another blue moon in March. Today, our lunar companion reaches an extreme perigee distance of 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers). This one showed the supermoon rising over Rome.




'The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere.

Best time to watch will be around 9 p.m. Monday, when the moon's altitude will be around 41 degrees, heading east-southeast at 105 degrees.

Here are the full moon names for January.

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.

The moon just like the Earth does not have a completely round orbit. A third supermoon will happen January 31.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides.

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