Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Supermoon New Year's 2018 Tonight

Supermoon New Year's 2018 Tonight

The moon tonight is called a Supermoon as it will approach a little closer and be a little brighter than other full moons of 2018-though most folks will have a hard time telling the difference. The supermoon on January 31 will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.

Stargazers tonight will see that the moon appears to be both bigger and brighter tonight.

Prepare your binoculars, as a total lunar eclipse will occur on January 31, and it will be visible in the Philippines. This is the biggest full moon of 2018. In Milwaukee the eclipse will start at 5:48 a.m. and totality will begin at 6:51 a.m. and last until the moon sets at 7:06 a.m., said Bonadurer. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches its perigree, the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth.

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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When the moon is closest, the tide will be at its highest, and the same happens with a new or full moon.

It may be cold outside, but you'll want to check out tonight's Supermoon/Wolf Moon.

Furthermore, there was a supermoon on December 3 and there will be yet another one on January 31 to complete the "Supermoon Trilogy" - much to the delight of photographers looking for creative opportunities. But let's stick with Wolf Moon, it sounds a bit more like a Nineties rap album. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter. The last time two blue moons happened in the same year was 1999.

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

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