I took this moon photo at 4:00 a.m. this morning – 96 percent illuminated. Tomorrow we will be starting out the New Year with a full supermoon, and it will be closely followed by another just a few weeks later.
In case you don’t remember, a “supermoon” occurs when the moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky. 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.
During these events, the moon generally appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. They typically occur about every 13 months.
But if you miss the supermoon on New Year’s Day, don’t worry. On January 31, another supermoon is set to light up the sky – making it, a “blue supermoon.”
The second full moon in a single month is called a blue moon, and they occur about every two and a half years.