Supermoon, Meteor Shower and Eclipse to Begin 2018

Supermoon, Meteor Shower and Eclipse to Begin 2018

Supermoon, Meteor Shower and Eclipse to Begin 2018

Eastern. You can also see it when it's setting Tuesday morning, just before sunrise, at about 7:20 a.m.

If you still want to try and see the annual event, head to a place that is away from city lights Wednesday night.

The eclipse will start around 4:50 a.m. local time and will be partial about an hour later, making the moon appear red. Here's another supermoon live stream you can view below, provided by Virtual Telescope.

Beach shack operators had complained about a lack of warning earlier this month, after a combination of cyclone Ockhi and Supermoon wrecked havoc on the beaches, with the rising water damaging several beach shacks and eroding beach stretches, popular with tourists.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. The moon won't come that close to Earth again until November 24, 2034.

The Supermoon is not the only celestial event occurring this week.

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

Another supermoon will take place January 31.

The celestial anomaly is set to be even brighter tonight, and comes after December's dazzling supermoon. It looks slightly larger and slightly brighter, and definitely catches the eye.

A supermoon is a full moon that appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.

When a February within that 19-year period has no full moon, which happens in 2018, that's when two blue moons can happen in the same calendar year.

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 popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson probably said it best: "In the overall scheme of things, is this relatively small increase in the moon's apparent size really so meaningful?"

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