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Biggest full moon of 2018
rising on New Year´s Day

Space.com, by Joe Rao

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/1/2018 10:50:49 AM

(Video) - On this first day of 2018, at 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT), the January full moon will arrive at perigee, its closest point to Earth in an orbit. Today, our lunar companion reaches an extreme perigee distance of 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers). When these events coincide (a full moon at perigee), some people refer to the event as a "supermoon." This will be the "biggest full moon of 2018," and the difference in the moon´s apparent size, compared with when it is positioned at its average distance from Earth, will be 7.3 percent. But that variation is not readily apparent to observers who are viewing the moon directly.

It´s free. Just remember to bundle up tonight, if you have a view. (In Kalifornia, now that weed is legal, look to see if the moon IS made of cheese.) More explanations of various annual full moons and other great pictures:

"Complete list of every full moon in 2018, including January´s supermoon"


"Full Moon Names 2018: From Wolf Moons to Cold Moons"



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Reply 1 - Posted by: mathman, 1/1/2018 11:02:00 AM     (No. 11496656)

AND it will be the first of two full moons in January 2018.
And there will be two full moons in March 2018.
Poor old February gets left out in the cold, with no full moons for her.
How about that? Two blue moons in the first three months of 2018!
This does not happen very often.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/1/2018 11:56:38 AM     (No. 11496731)

Don´t cry for February, it has Black History Month. There is no White History Month, nor Brown.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Beancounter, 1/1/2018 12:05:26 PM     (No. 11496745)

A supermoon that you wouldn’t know is any bigger or brighter if you hadn’t read about it on the internet? As Lucy Van Pelt said about eclipses: “Somebody messed up in production.”

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kono, 1/1/2018 2:07:48 PM     (No. 11496870)

Astronomers determined a long time ago that the orbit of the moon is ever so gradually growing larger, as the gravitational attraction between earth and moon is slightly less than the moon´s angular momentum. (Meaning those total solar eclipses will eventually become annular eclipses, at best, and the moon will eventually escape earth´s gravitational pull and become more-influenced by the sun´s mass than the earth´s.)

That´s a long-winded way of saying that every time the moon is full at perigee, tabloids can accurately declare that no full moon will ever be bigger.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bobn.t, 1/1/2018 4:38:49 PM     (No. 11496987)

Poor ol´ February.
BHM is like Kwanzaa - no substance.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/1/2018 8:40:35 PM     (No. 11497180)

And in other news, I had steamed corn on the cob for lunch today, with BBQ baby back ribs and spinach with home made hot buttered cornbread slathered in honey and a tall glass of sweet tea. The moon´ll just have to hang herself, I´m too full myself.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 1/1/2018 8:58:59 PM     (No. 11497187)

Hmmm . . . so did they tell us how to "see the full moon" again?

Eye roll!

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