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An Extra Super January

2 Jan 2018, 10:44 am

The month of January will see not one but TWO supermoons.

You might be thinking, “Didn’t we just have a supermoon?” Well, we did. Back on December 3rd, just under a month ago, night was a little brighter thanks to a supermoon.

So what is exactly is a supermoon?
According to NASA, “A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth.” To the naked eye, the moon just appears bigger and brighter.

Now this won’t be the only one this month. On January 31st, the month has its second full moon or a “Blue Moon.” This full moon will be extra super too because not only is it a supermoon but also a total lunar eclipse. About twice a year, the sun, earth and moon align just so that the Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s rays which usually illuminate our moon. So not only is this second full moon in January rare but its a supermoon too. So I guess that makes it a super duper blue moon?

Be sure to send us your photos of all the supermoons.



For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Kate Mantych

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