Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

First pics of 'SUPERMOON' over United Kingdom as it reaches its peak TONIGHT

First pics of 'SUPERMOON' over United Kingdom as it reaches its peak TONIGHT

In the wee hours of January 2, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and almost 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon, according to scientists. The second will take place on the night of January 31.

But if you miss tonight's moon - never fear, the January 31 moon will be "extra special" according to Nasa. It will also serve as our last Supermoon of 2018.

At 5pm EST (22:00 GMT) the first moon of 2018 reached its perigee, the closest point in its orbit around the Earth at a distance of roughly 221,559 miles (356,565km). This one showed the supermoon rising over Rome. The moon's bright light will likely outshine numerous brightest Quadrantids.

According to the Space Sciences and Astronomy Section of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), today's supermoon was visible at 10:24 a.m. It was the closest approach to Earth since 1948.

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In an advisory issued to all businesses located near the coastline, Goa tourism director Menino D'Souza has also cautioned against the supermoon phenomenon occurring once again on January 31.

It will be the largest moon that appears in the sky this year. In fact, sometimes the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon are almost indistinguishable. The term gives preference to the geometric alignment of Sun-Earth-Moon and allows the occurrence of perigee into a wider time period than the actual instant of perigee (up to about two weeks, which is nearly half of the Moon's orbit).

"As long as it's clear out, you'll have no trouble seeing the moon at all", she said. And the margin for a supermoon seems to be widening, as full moons that occur within one or two days of perigee are sometimes given the "super" moniker.

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