Supermoons, meteor shower to light up the sky this January

A 2016 supermoon in Michigan. MLive file art

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.

A supermoon is a full moon that appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter. It will also serve as our last Supermoon of 2018.

But if you miss tonight's moon - never fear, the January 31 moon will be "extra special" according to Nasa.

The new year starts with a bang for astronomy buffs - and photographers - as the first of two "supermoons" in January will be visible Monday night (Jan. 1). It noted that the greatest eclipse will occur at 9:29 p.m.

The largest recent supermoon occurred in a year ago.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. Here's another supermoon live stream you can view below, provided by Virtual Telescope.

Twitter users around the world have shared images of the January 1 supermoon.

Check out the Roseland Observatory's handy guide to seeing the supermoon at its best below.

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". Today's moon is expected to be 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than normal. Hopefully, some of you can share a better version. I think overall, when the skies allow, the moon should make it seem a lot brighter outside along with the snow.

When the moon hits its close point (perigee) in its orbit around Earth at the same time as the full moon, this is when a "Supermoon" will occur. To take a photo, fit your camera with a telephoto lens and lengthen the shutter time and increase the sensitivity (ISO) to compensate for the lower nighttime light.

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