The inhabitants of the Earth on Tuesday, waiting for the supermoon

© 2018 AFP / Jack Guez Supermoon. Archive photoThe inhabitants of the Earth on Tuesday, waiting for the supermoon© 2018 AFP / Jack Guez

The moon’s day Tuesday, January 30, will approach earth at a minimum distance of 358 994 kilometers, and on 31 January in the case of clear weather the people of Russia will be able to see the Supermoon, astronomers predict the Moscow planetarium.

The supermoon is called the time when the full Moon approaches Earth at a distance closer than 362 000 kilometers and the travel time of the perigee and full moon are spaced in time no more than 3 days. SUPERLINE happen every year, but close matches those two points (perigee and full moon) are quite rare. Two full moons January 2 and January 31, 2018 is considered Superlunary.

«The second Supermoon January 31 January 2018 coincides with a full lunar Eclipse. The difference between perigee and full moon will be about 28 hours: January 30 when the Moon will come to Earth at 12:55 GMT on 358 994 kilometers and 31 January from 14:28 to 18:11 MSK will be a full moon and total Eclipse of the moon,» the astronomers say.

This Eclipse is unique because the Moon during the Eclipse will be near the point of perigee (closest to the Ground point of the orbit of the moon), that is in earth’s shadow will enter SUPERLINE. The apparent diameter of the satellite will increase by approximately 8 percent. This is the second Supermoon of 2018. The first and most close on 2 January 2018.

According to forecasts, the phenomenon can be observed on the whole territory of Russia, except the Western and South-Western areas. The Eclipse will also be visible from Eastern Europe, East Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America. In Moscow, reddish-brown Superlon rises above the horizon after 17:00 GMT starting to emerge from the shadow of the Earth. So climbing higher and higher above the Eastern horizon, if not prevent, the cloud then within the hour (18:11) we can observe how gradually with the disc of the moon disappears reddish color.

The moon during its motion along the orbit will plunge into the southern part of the Earth shadow. The earth’s shadow fully eclipsed the visible surface of the moon, giving our companion a reddish-brown hue. Maximum shadow phase is 1.32, which is slightly more than during the last total Eclipse on 28 September 2015.

During the Eclipse, the Moon will be located in the constellation Cancer and passes through the southern part of the Earth shadow. The Northern edge of the moon by itself is dark enough, will be almost in the center of the shadow.