Starwatch

by Deane Morrison

January starts and ends with full “supermoons”—one on New Year’s Day and one on the 31st.

On New Year’s Day we get the closest full moon of the year—a mere 221,700 miles away. Perfect fullness comes at 8:24 p.m.—less than five hours after both moonrise and perigee, the moon’s closest approach to Earth in a lunar cycle. In other words, 2018 starts with a rising moon that scores way up on the size, brightness and roundness scales. During the night of the 1st-2nd it travels the sky in Gemini.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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