Supermoon New Year's 2018 Tonight

Last month's supermoon as seen from Whitley Bay in England.  Source PA Images

A supermoon is a full moon that appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.

Another reason you'll want to be looking up occurs later this month. It was the closest approach to Earth since 1948.

From two supermoons, a meteor shower to a lunar eclipse, here's a list of astronomical events for the first month of 2018. Peak viewing times for the rising of the moon are 5:04 p.m.in San Francisco, 4:34 p.m.in New York City, 6:06 p.m.in Honolulu, and 4:15 p.m.in Anchorage, Alaska.

The largest recent supermoon occurred in a year ago. Here's another supermoon live stream you can view below, provided by Virtual Telescope. The moon won't come that close to Earth again until November 24, 2034.

The celestial anomaly is set to be even brighter tonight, and comes after December's dazzling supermoon.

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Twitter users around the world have shared images of the January 1 supermoon. But, this Blue Moon, which is also a Supermoon, will bring another treat. That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon.

Besides another full moon on January 31, that moon will also be a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. But experts agree that the best time to view the moon is right as it is over the horizon, because that's when it appears the largest.

Speaking to mid-day, Arvind Paranjpye, director, Nehru Planetarium, said, "The moon reached its perigee at 3.34 am on January 2, its distance from the Earth 3,56,565 km and it 99.9 per cent illuminated". And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, I have some good news for you.

The name "supermoon" was coined by an astrologer in 1979 and is often used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean (pear-ih-jee-un) full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

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