January 20, 2018

First supermoon of 2018 coincides with New Year's Day

02 January 2018, 11:53 | Ruben Fields

First supermoon of 2018 coincides with New Year's Day

First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years coming this month

January 31's supermoon, according to the space agency, will also feature a total lunar eclipse - when the Earth, sun and moon, line up in such a way that the Earth blocks the sunlight that would otherwise reflect off the moon. This confluence of factors makes the moon appear bigger and brighter in the night sky than commonly seen. It will also serve as our last Supermoon of 2018. The eclipse will be full around 6 a.m., about 50 minutes before sunrise on February 1.

The largest supermoon of the year will be visible in the skies over Taiwan this evening (Jan. 2) and will be followed lunar eclipse at the end of the month, according to the Astronomical Observatory under the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The first full moon occurred on January 2 and the second one will be observed on January 31. The eclipse will start at 5:51 a.m. and will not be a full eclipse when the moon sets just after 7 a.m. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or, which livestreams supermoons. The Full Moon phase will occur 4.5 hours later at 7.54 am. The last one occurred on December 3. The next supermoon will be on January 31.

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The supermoon occurs in about one in ever 14 moons. Totally eclipsed moons are for this reason called "blood Moons". "Normally, we are used to seeing the full moon rising above the eastern horizon, but this time it will be best to watch it setting over the western horizon early in the morning", he explained. When these events coincide (a full moon at perigee), some people refer to the event as a "supermoon". And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, I have some good news for you.

A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day it reaches its perigee- or the point the moon is closest to the Earth. To take a photo, fit your camera with a telephoto lens and lengthen the shutter time and increase the sensitivity (ISO) to compensate for the lower nighttime light.

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