New Year's Day Will End with Another 'Supermoon' Spectacle

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January's first full moon - nicknamed a "Wolf Moon" - will light up the sky on Monday night. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, called a "blue moon". There will also be a total lunar eclipse that day as well, although for us in OH, we should not see the total part of that eclipse before the moon sets.

The largest supermoon of the year will be visible in the skies over Taiwan this evening (Jan. 2) and will be followed lunar eclipse at the end of the month, according to the Astronomical Observatory under the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon.

There is also a monthly lunar cycle where we can see varying amounts of the moon depending on it's position relative to Earth and the Sun.

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With the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle indeed, a "super blue blood" moon, NASA said.

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

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.

'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.

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Paranjpye further said the best time to watch the supermoon (or for that matter any full moon) is when it rises and sets.

What if I miss this Supermoon, how long will I have to wait for the next one?

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. The moon will be blocked out by the earth's shadow.

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