Check out the first Supermoon of the year tonight

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Check out the first Supermoon of the year tonight

Aside from the lunar eclipse, there will also be a second full moon - also known as a blue moon - on January 31.

A supermoon is a full moon that appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter. The eclipse will be full around 6 a.m., about 50 minutes before sunrise on February 1.

Prepare your binoculars, as a total lunar eclipse will occur on January 31, and it will be visible in the Philippines.

The eclipse will start around 4:50 a.m. local time and will be partial about an hour later, making the moon appear red. It will officially be a full moon at 8:24 p.m. local time, and it sets at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday. What makes this one so special is that it's happening during a Blue Moon, or the second full moon of the month (depending on which definition you go by).

The largest recent supermoon occurred in previous year. But it will occur very late, when the moon is close to the earth's horizon. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.com, which livestreams 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 moon will be about 221,600 miles from the Earth tonight, which is about 500 miles closer than where the moon was (distance-wise) last month when we had our last full moon, and super moon. It looks slightly larger and slightly brighter, and definitely catches the eye. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches its perigree, the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth. And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, I have some good news for you. The best time to watch this supermoon would be when it is setting over the western horizon early in the morning.

The last supermoon had appeared on December 3, which was called a "cold moon".

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