New Year’s Day supermoon 2018: Where and what time will the moon be biggest?
First supermoon of 2018 coincides with New Year’s Day
THE New Year’s Day supermoon is expected to be one of the biggest and brightest in recent months – but where and what time will the moon be at its biggest?
What is a supermoon?
A supermoon is a new or full moon which closely coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit – its perigee.
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich said: “The distance between the Moon and the Earth varies because the Earth is not right at the centre of the Moon’s orbit, and the Moon’s orbit is not a circle, it’s an ellipse. So there will be a lunar perigee when the Moon is closest to the Earth, and a lunar apogee when it’s thousands of miles farther away.
Astronomers are in for a celestial treat as the supermoon, the second of the so called ‘supermoon trilogy’, lights up the sky.
The first in the trilogy was seen on December 3 and now stargazers are ready for the second event.
And the supermoon on New Year’s Day will be the biggest and closest supermoon of 2018.
People living in the Western hemisphere will see the supermoon on January 1.
Due to the time difference, those living in the Eastern hemisphere will catch sight of the supermoon on January 2.
The third phenomenon is due to appear on January 31 and will be a blue moon.