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Once in a blue moon happening twice in 2018

Once in a blue moon happening twice in 2018

"A Super full moon looks around 12 per cent to 14 per cent bigger than its counterpart, the micro moon, and up to 7 per cent bigger than an average full moon", says timeanddate.com, a popular astrology website. They typically occur around every 13 months, according to NASA.

The term "supermoon" was introduced by American astrologer Richard Nolle, who defined it as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit". 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. The last one occurred on December 3.

Since it will not be seen anymore tonight, don't worry: another supermoon awaits at the end of the month.

In an advisory issued to all businesses located near the coastline, Goa tourism director Menino D'Souza has also cautioned against the supermoon phenomenon occurring once again on January 31.

'Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called "blood Moons"'.




The supermoon occurs in about one in ever 14 moons. The best time to watch this supermoon would be when it is setting over the western horizon early in the morning.

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. In fact, sometimes the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon are almost indistinguishable. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter.

On Jan. 31 the moon will still be very close to its perigee, or closest point in its orbit around the earth (less than 360,000 kilometers away) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible in much of northern Ontario, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in southern Ontario.

In other moon news, there's a supermoon tonight.

The good news... you will not have to wait long at all.


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