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When this happens, the moon appears rusty, or blood colored.

The moon will technically be considered 100 percent full a 9:24 p.m. It'll be the first of 2018 and it will be closely followed by another just weeks later. Eastern. You can also see it when it's setting Tuesday morning, just before sunrise, at about 7:20 a.m. They typically occur around every 13 months, according to NASA.

Paranjpye further said the best time to watch the supermoon (or for that matter any full moon) is when it rises and sets. Check out The Virtual Telescope Project or Slooh.com, which livestreams supermoons. The last one occurred on December 3.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. The next time we get that "super" or close again will be in November of 2034.

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

The so-called supermoon passes behind the peak of the Washington Monument during a lunar eclipse, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

The supermoon occurs in about one in ever 14 moons. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter. Totally eclipsed moons are for this reason called "blood Moons".

The new year starts with a bang for astronomy buffs - and photographers - as the first of two "supermoons" in January will be visible Monday night (Jan. 1). 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.

The most super of the "supermoon trilogy" will grace our skies tonight - though cloud cover across New Zealand may mean Kiwis will miss out on catching a glimpse of the lunar event. And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, I have some good news for you. To take a photo, fit your camera with a telephoto lens and lengthen the shutter time and increase the sensitivity (ISO) to compensate for the lower nighttime light.


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