New Year 2018 Supermoon in January at New Year Eve


What is a supermoon? 

According to Lyle Tavernier from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab, supermoons occur whenever a full moon is at its closest to Earth, a lunar stage known as a perigee.

Because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical and not perfectly round, the moon comes closer and further away from the planet throughout the year.

Mr Tavernier said: "Full moons can occur at any point along the Moon’s elliptical path, but when a full moon occurs at or near the perigee, it looks slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon. 
"That’s what the term 'supermoon' refers to."

New Year 2018 Supermoon in January at New Year Eve

New Year 2018 Supermoon in January at New Year Eve

But the term is only used when a full moon reaches within 10 percent of its perigee to Earth. On the other end of the spectrum, a micromoon appears whenever a full moon rises during a lunar apogee – when it is at its furthest from Earth. 

New Year’s Day will see the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2018.

The moon will appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it sits closer than average to Earth. On average, the moon is about 238,900 miles away from Earth but during a supermoon it is much closer.

“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 from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Part of the reason behind the differing distances is that the moon has a slightly elliptical orbit – it does not move around the Earth in a perfect circle. At some points it is about 5% closer to Earth than average, known as perigee, and at others it is 5% further away, known as apogee. There’s a range of about 30,000 miles between the two points.

On January 1, the full moon comes only 4.5 hours after the moon reaches lunar perigee. A supermoon last occurred on December 3. Then the moon was 222,761 miles from Earth. Other supermoons in 2017 occurred on January 12 and November 3 when the moon was 226,182 miles from Earth
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