'Wolf Moon' opens 2018 - but are supermoons really so super?

A 2016 supermoon in Michigan. MLive file art

The term "supermoon" was introduced by American astrologer Richard Nolle, who defined it as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit". Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, called a "blue moon".

There's an added bonus for stargazers, astronomy nerds and telescope aficionados - January's blue moon on the 31st will feature a total lunar eclipse.

And because the heavenly orb will turn a reddish/orange color, which makes it look like the moon is rusting, a total lunar eclipse is often called a blood moon. Marie, Timmins and Elliot Lake will enjoy a view of the full lunar eclipse beginning about 6:50 a.m. and lasting about 12 minutes while North Bay, Sudbury, Manitoulin Island, Guelph and Barrie will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse at that time.

If skies are clear, Bonadurer will bring the museum's telescopes to the roof of the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, from 5:30 a.m.to 7 a.m. on January 31 for anyone who wants to see the blue moon total eclipse. For Eastern time (EST) in the United States, residents in that region will see the eclipse begin at 6:48 AM and the moon will dip out of view shortly thereafter.

It will appear brighter and bigger than a usual full moon because it will be closer to the time of perigee.

Unsafe wind chills expected New Year's Eve
Anyone venturing outside this New Year's weekend should be very aware of the risky wind chills and frigid temperatures in Madison. We will only make it to a few degrees above zero for New Year's Eve, but at least there will be sunshine.

This evening, pictures show the blood-red moon rising over Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear.

So the moon won't be as bright, but it will "take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow", NASA says, and could take on a "reddish hue". The last supermoon was the full moon of December 3, 2017. In fact, sometimes the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon are almost indistinguishable.

And if you miss Monday's supermoon, the wait won't be long as another will take place on January 31. The moon won't come that close to Earth again until November 24, 2034.

PAGASA, however, said the moon appearing with a tinge of blue, may occur in certain atmospheric conditions like during volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.

"As long as it's clear out, you'll have no trouble seeing the moon at all", she said.

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