Biggest supermoon of 2018 to shine over Taiwan tonight

Last month's supermoon as seen from Whitley Bay in England.  Source PA Images

As the moon visible on January 31 will technically be the second supermoon of the month, it is therefore considered a Blue Moon, but it will be at least partially obscured during the eclipse process for a total of 5 hours and 20 minutes.

"The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere", PAGASA explained.

But the celestial anomaly is set to be even brighter tonight, and comes after December's dazzling supermoon. The eclipse will be full around 6 a.m., about 50 minutes before sunrise on February 1.

According to EarthSky.org, tonight's supermoon will also be the closest perigee of the year. The moon rises at 4:17 p.m.

At 6:24 p.m., the moon was full.

A very cold night is expected again tonight, and with clearing skies, we should be able to get a glimpse of the biggest supermoon of the year (and month).




The largest recent supermoon occurred in a year ago.

The best viewing will be from a tall structure because the moon will be so low on the horizon. Here's another supermoon live stream you can view below, provided by Virtual Telescope.

The supermoon occurs in about one in ever 14 moons.

On January 15, the moon is estimated to be 406,423 kilometers away.

The best time to see the full supermoon is right after moonrise, when it is just getting up above the horizon, timeanddate.com says. The view was all the more fascinating, as this time it was also a supermoon (the one that occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth and appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter).

There's a reason the phrase "once in a blue moon" means something rare, but what about two blue moons happening in the same year.

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