New Year's Day Brings Biggest Full Moon Of 2018

New Year's Day Brings Biggest Full Moon Of 2018

For example in US Mountain time (MST), the eclipse will begin at 4:48 AM, but as the full eclipse winds down, the moon will already be dipping below the horizon.

There are no full moons during February this year.

As the moon visible on January 31 will technically be the second supermoon of the month, it is therefore considered a Blue Moon, but it will be at least partially obscured during the eclipse process for a total of 5 hours and 20 minutes.

This will be the "biggest full moon of 2018", and the difference in the moon's apparent size, compared with when it is positioned at its average distance from Earth, will be 7.3 percent.

"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. In Bonadurer's monthly newsletter to Milwaukee Public Museum planetarium visitors and astronomy fans, he's calling the January 31 event a "super, blue, blood moon".

Wind Chill Warnings/Advisories continue across our area into Tuesday morning
Wind chill temperatures are forecasted to improve slightly during the afternoon, but will quickly drop back during the evening. Temperatures will be in the teens at midnight, including in the city, with a wind chill in the low single digits.

This happens on a monthly basis, but occasionally the point of perigee aligns with a new or full moon and results in a "perigean spring tide".

This new year is starting off super. There are 235 full moons during the 228 months of the 19-year period which means at least seven of those months will have two full moons.

The Jan. 1 occurrence is a wolf moon, the term for the first full moon of the year. "It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use". That led to an article in Sky and Telescope Magazine in the 1940s which dubbed the second full moon in a month as a blue moon. 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. But that variation is not readily apparent to observers who are viewing the moon directly. But there's no need to move into the countryside away from light pollution.

"As long as it's clear out, you'll have no trouble seeing the moon at all", she said. It happens each month but tonight's moon is the closest of 2018.

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