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".

Blue moon, PAGASA said, refers to the second of two full moons occurring in the same month. That full moon - the second in the same calendar month - is also known as a Blue Moon. The supermoon on January 31 will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.

Tonight's full moon is the closest and brightest of the year. Oklahoma will only see a partial lunar eclipse though.


Don't expect a blue color, though, the event has nothing to with the color of the moon.

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. The moon's bright light will likely outshine numerous brightest Quadrantids.

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


Paranjpye further said the best time to watch the supermoon (or for that matter any full moon) is when it rises and sets. "It didn't look at all brighter than normal".

But if you miss the supermoon on New Year's Day, don't worry.

Full moons on January 1 and 31 will be followed by full moons on March 1 and March 31. The last supermoon was the full moon of December 3, 2017. But the European Space Agency offered an alternative to living on weather-plagued earth when it announced in September that some people could be moving to the moon by 2030, and whole families could be living in lunar colonies by 2050.


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

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