Super full moon on Tuesday night

The first super full moon of the year falls on the evening of Tuesday (Jan 2) when the moon is closest to Earth in its monthly orbit.

Of the 13 full moons and 14 lunar perigees occurring in 2018, this is the closest alignment of full moon and lunar perigee for the year.

Saran Poshyachinda, director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), said that the super full moon could be seen from 6 pm onward until 10 pm, with the moon is about 356,595 km from the Earth which is the closest alignment of the moon.

He said that the super full moon on the night of Jan 2 would be slightly larger and brighter than the one seen on Dec 3.

The Jan 2’s super full moon would appear 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter than the “normal” full moon, he added.