Second of supermoon trilogy 'wolf moon' set for skies tonight

02 January, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Yolanda Murray
  • The 99.7% full supermooon hangs over the City's skyline

That full moon - the second in the same calendar month - is also known as a Blue Moon. It will also serve as our last Supermoon of 2018.

The so-called supermoon passes behind the peak of the Washington Monument during a lunar eclipse, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. 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. It was the closest approach to Earth since 1948. The eclipse will start at 5:51 a.m. and will not be a full eclipse when the moon sets just after 7 a.m.

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     LIT UP A supermoon and fireworks display kicked 2018 off to a great start
PA SWNS LIT UP A supermoon and fireworks display kicked 2018 off to a great start

The largest recent supermoon occurred in previous year.

From two supermoons, a meteor shower to a lunar eclipse, here's a list of astronomical events for the first month of 2018. Here's another supermoon live stream you can view below, provided by Virtual Telescope.

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Check out the Roseland Observatory's handy guide to seeing the supermoon at its best below. It looks slightly larger and slightly brighter, and definitely catches the eye. The moon will be about 221,600 miles from the Earth tonight, which is about 500 miles closer than where the moon was (distance-wise) last month when we had our last full moon, and super moon.

As the moon orbits the Earth every month, there is a point in every cycle where the moon is closest (perigee) and a point where it's farthest away (apogee). And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, I have some good news for you.

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The most super of the "supermoon trilogy" will grace our skies tonight - though cloud cover across New Zealand may mean Kiwis will miss out on catching a glimpse of the lunar event.

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