A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit. The result is the Moon looking larger than normal.
The technical name is the perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. Syzygy is the straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system.
The Wolf Moon is the name given the January Full Moon by the Farmer’s Almanac.
An incredible time lapse of the rising Super Moon from Quarry Park in Rocky Hill, CT. #nbcct #ctwx pic.twitter.com/ZXmyEaIVKf
— Josh Cingranelli (@WeatherJosh) January 2, 2018
Notice anything different about tonight’s full Moon? The Moon is at or near its closest point in orbit around Earth and can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Go outside and take a look at the first #supermoon of 2018. pic.twitter.com/DTx5BJG4iF
— NASA Ames (@NASAAmes) January 2, 2018
From tonight in Seattle – the first #fullmoon #supermoon of 2018 and it was AWESOME! pic.twitter.com/s2M4EJjiEc
— Tim Durkan (@timdurkan) January 2, 2018
Missed the first supermoon of 2018 last night? Check out pics from around the world here: https://t.co/Cm6M8UT8QJ pic.twitter.com/lhAhBG32I6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 2, 2018
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Did you notice the moon looking extra big and bright on the first day of 2018? That's because it's a supermoon — the second in a trilogy of bigger, brighter full moons ? pic.twitter.com/63SZqcIdrv
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 2, 2018
The first #supermoon of 2018, Chicago style. pic.twitter.com/UIcyOVcgtv
— Craig Newman (@craignewman) January 2, 2018
The #supermoon over Mount Baker! #WolfMoon pic.twitter.com/xtIhYKzk6M
— Mara Leite (@TheMNVL) January 2, 2018
Researchers found that motorcycle fatalities increase by a whopping 32% on nights with a supermoon due to people looking up at it. That's really sad, especially since the supermoon is a media myth. It's only 6% bigger, which is basically imperceptible. https://t.co/uCiPW17w3b pic.twitter.com/1kn7ZPgoP2
— Arvind Narayanan (@random_walker) January 2, 2018