SuperMoon on New Years Day Monday January 1 2018

Supermoon Courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls
Supermoon Courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Supermoon will be viewable on New Years Day Monday January 1 2018.

A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth.
Since the Moon’s orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).
Nearby perigee full Moons appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than full Moons that occur near apogee in the Moon’s orbit.

“The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!” says Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

It’s hard for our eyes to distinguish these small changes in size when the Moon is high amidst the vastness of the night sky.
But any time you catch a full Moon as it rises or sets, while it’s suspended low on the horizon beaming through the silhouettes of trees or buildings, its apparent size might make you do a double-take.
You almost feel as though you could reach out, grab the glowing orb, and drop it into your coffee cup.
Even more so if it’s a superman.

NASA offers great tips on how to photograph the moon on their online site.

To learn more about the many wonders of the Moon please visit NASA

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