The first full moon of 2018 will be a supermoon, and will occur on Tuesday.
Also, the 2nd full moon is extra special, as it is many times referred to as the "blue moon" being the 2nd in a month.
Besides another full moon on January 31, that moon will also be a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.
"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.
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Tonight's full moon is the closest and brightest of the year. On Jan. 31, the moon will rise at 4:54 p.m. and be visible for almost 10 hours.
The full moon on January 31 is exceptional because it also occurs as a "super moon". Peak viewing times for the rising of the moon are 5:04 p.m.in San Francisco, 4:34 p.m.in New York City, 6:06 p.m.in Honolulu, and 4:15 p.m.in Anchorage, Alaska. Today, our lunar companion reaches an extreme perigee distance of 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers). That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon.
'Comparing a supermoon with a typical full moon from memory is very hard'.
If the criteria for a supermoon is chiefly dependent on the moon's arrival at its closest point in its orbit relative to Earth, then the "super" branding is a bit of a misnomer.
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The last supermoon had appeared on December 3, which was called a "cold moon".
With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. In fact, sometimes the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon are almost indistinguishable.
"The best thing about this, with lunar eclipses it doesn't matter where you are because the moon is so bright and visible", Bonadurer said.
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