Look! Up in the sky! It's a Supermoon!

The moon will appear to be 16 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter tonight

The moon will appear to be 16 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter tonight

It will also serve as our last Supermoon of 2018.

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).

A Supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to the Earth.

In the United Kingdom, the peak point was just before 2.30am on Tuesday but we reckon it looked pretty impressive earlier in the evening! Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, called a "blue moon".

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Brian Sheen from the Roseland Observatory told Pirate FM that the second will be on the 31st of the month.

Speaking to mid-day, Arvind Paranjpye, director, Nehru Planetarium, said, "The moon reached its perigee at 3.34 am on January 2, its distance from the Earth 3,56,565 km and it 99.9 per cent illuminated". It appears 14% bigger than normal and is therefore pretty spectactular and attracts a lot of attention. But experts agree that the best time to view the moon is right as it is over the horizon, because that's when it appears the largest.

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes, PAGASA said, however, a binocular or telescope will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter. Oklahoma will only see a partial lunar eclipse though.

The so-called supermoon passes behind the peak of the Washington Monument during a lunar eclipse, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

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What is so "Super" about the moon tonight?

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

But experts believe the "blue moon blood moon supermoon" rising on January 31 will be the most extraordinary of all. The next supermoon will be on January 31.

"January 2 and January 31, 2018 are full moon days where the moon would be the closest to the Earth in its orbit also known as supermoon, due to which there is likelihood of a surge in the high tides and possibility of flooding of the beaches affecting the shacks, water sports and other beach activities", D'Souza's advisory said.

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