Look! Up in the sky! It's a Supermoon!

We'll see 2 supermoons in January and another in February 2018

Joseph Dames and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- This new year is starting off super.

A supermoon will be visible in the skies over Oregon on New Year's Night, providing the illusion of being a larger moon.

The moon is at its closest point to Earth -- known as the perigee -- around 221,600 miles away. That means skywatchers will see the moon about 14% largers and about 30% brighter than a regular moon.

Best time to watch will be around 9 p.m. Monday, when the moon's altitude will be around 41 degrees, heading east-southeast at 105 degrees. If that's too science-y, just look up in the sky and find the moon.

Cool stuff from NASA about supermoons

There will be other supermoons in 2018, including one at the end of the month. That full moon -- the second in the same calendar month -- is also known as a Blue Moon. (That's where the expression "once in a blue moon" came from.)

We'll also see another supermoon in February, NASA said.

In fact, here's more supermoon info from NASA:

The name "supermoon" was coined by an astrologer in 1979 and is often used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean (pear-ih-jee-un) full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth. The term gives preference to the geometric alignment of Sun-Earth-Moon and allows the occurrence of perigee into a wider time period than the actual instant of perigee (up to about two weeks, which is almost half of the Moon's orbit).

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