Super-Moon New Year, Jan 1st, 2018

Super-Moon New Year, Jan 1st, 2018

January 1st, Drop the Super-Moon ball. This full moon presents the closest and therefore the largest of the 13 full moons in 2018. The supermoon will travel in orbit only 222 thousand miles from the earth at opposed to the average of 238 thousand miles.This close coincidence of full moon and perigee will give astronomers the best observable full moon of 2018. This close orbit will make the moon appear over six percent larger than the average.The supermoon rises around 5pm PST between the Gemini twins at ENE (see image below).  We recommend that observers capture this event using Celestron Skymaster 15 x 70 binoculars. and capture this event with your smartphone using a universal Snapzoom Adapter.