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The brightest full moon of the year is tonight

The brightest full moon of the year is tonight

If skies are clear, Bonadurer will bring the museum's telescopes to the roof of the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, from 5:30 a.m.to 7 a.m. on January 31 for anyone who wants to see the blue moon total eclipse. The moon will be about 221,600 miles from the Earth tonight, which is about 500 miles closer than where the moon was (distance-wise) last month when we had our last full moon, and super moon. It noted that the greatest eclipse will occur at 9:29 p.m. It could not be seen well from Mumbai as the sky was overcast.

Here's the time to watch Moon-Rise. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.com, which livestreams supermoons. The last supermoon was the full moon of December 3, 2017. It was the closest approach to Earth since 1948. But the European Space Agency offered an alternative to living on weather-plagued earth when it announced in September that some people could be moving to the moon by 2030, and whole families could be living in lunar colonies by 2050.

The most super of the "supermoon trilogy" will grace our skies tonight - though cloud cover across New Zealand may mean Kiwis will miss out on catching a glimpse of the lunar event.

And if you miss Monday's supermoon, the wait won't be long as another will take place on January 31.

According to NASA, January's first full moon - nicknamed a wolf moon - will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon.

In a statement, NASA said that the "blue moon blood moon supermoon" rising on January 31 will be the most extraordinary of all.

The supermoon occurs in about one in ever 14 moons. "It didn't look at all brighter than normal".

On January 15, the moon is estimated to be 406,423 kilometers away.

A typical Supermoon is about 16% brighter and 7% larger than an average full moon.

New Year's Day will culminate with the second "supermoon" in a month - and a third will follow 30 days later.

It will appear brighter and bigger than a usual full moon because it will be closer to the time of perigee.

The popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson probably said it best: "In the overall scheme of things, is this relatively small increase in the moon's apparent size really so meaningful?"


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