Full 'Wolf Moon' to illuminate sky tonight

A 2016 supermoon in Michigan. MLive file art

Did you miss the full moon New Year's Day? This will be the second full moon in a month, also called the Blue Moon.

Bundle up and watch the total lunar eclipse, "blue" and "super" moons, and falling stars happening right over your heads this month. It appears a bit brighter than a standard full moon, although weather conditions play a bigger role in its visibility. "On the night of January 1, those living close to the 20-degree latitude would have seen the shadows of vertical objects disappear for a while, as the moon passed from overhead". It happens each month but tonight's moon is the closest of 2018.

'The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere.

This year's supermoon will appear at 10:45 a.m. today over Taiwan at a distance of 356,565 kilometers (221,559 miles) from the Earth and will be best viewed just after dusk tonight, according to the observatory. 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.

The full moon on January 2 was also a super moon because it was within 361,000 kms.

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With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides.

The largest recent supermoon occurred in past year. In fact, we have two full moons this month, and both of them will be Supermoons!

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.

The good news... you will not have to wait long at all.

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