Supermoon trilogy: Biggest and brightest 'wolf moon' tonight

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Thomas snapped this photo over Newquay on New Year's Day evening, showing the harbour bathed in moonlight.

The first full moon of 2018 will reach its peak tonight between January 1 and 2 - at around 2.24am.

The name "supermoon" was coined by an astrologer in 1979 and is often used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean (pear-ih-jee-un) full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth. I think overall, when the skies allow, the moon should make it seem a lot brighter outside along with the snow.

In the United Kingdom, the peak point was just before 2.30am on Tuesday but we reckon it looked pretty impressive earlier in the evening!

Brian Sheen from the Roseland Observatory told Pirate FM that the second will be on the 31st of the month. This moon will also cause particularly high or king tides. But experts agree that the best time to view the moon is right as it is over the horizon, because that's when it appears the largest.

According to EarthSky.org, tonight's supermoon will also be the closest perigee of the year. In Bonadurer's monthly newsletter to Milwaukee Public Museum planetarium visitors and astronomy fans, he's calling the January 31 event a "super, blue, blood moon".

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January 31 marks the date of a supermoon that is both blue and red. Marie, Timmins and Elliot Lake will enjoy a view of the full lunar eclipse beginning about 6:50 a.m. and lasting about 12 minutes while North Bay, Sudbury, Manitoulin Island, Guelph and Barrie will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse at that time.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. That was the first and only supermoon of 2017.

Twitter users around the world have shared images of the January 1 supermoon.

January 2018 will have not one but two full moons.

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.

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