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January 30, 2014

Supermoon: Black Moon Rising!

Today - January 30,2014 - something rare will happen, we will have the second New Moon in the same month which is known as a Black Moon. Not only that but it is a Supermoon which means it will appear much bigger in the sky than a normal moon.

The tides will be higher than normal. The Black Moon will be visible through the day time only. A Black Moon is seen as an omen of change and hidden truths will be brought to the surface.

2014′s closest Supermoon:
The full moon on August 10, 2014, will showcase the closest supermoon of the year (356,896 kilometers or 221,765 miles). However, the new moons on January 1 and January 30 are not all that far behind, featuring the year’s second-closest and third-closest supermoons, respectively. On January 1, the moon turned new less than 10 hours before reaching lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. On January 30, the moon turns new around 12 hours after lunar perigee.

Incidentally, the full moon occurring on January 16, 2014, falls only a few hours after the moon reaches lunar apogee – the moon’s most distant point from Earth for the month (406,532 kilometers or 252,607 miles). So two weeks after the year’s nearest new moon on January 1, it was the year’s farthest and smallest full moon on January 16, 2014. Then it’s the year’s second-closest new moon on January 30.

Able to see today's supermoon?
No, you will be unable to see today's supermoon. Don’t expect to see the new moon today! At the vicinity of new moon, the moon hides in the glare of the sun all day long, and pretty much rises with the sun at sunrise and sets with the sun at sunset. However, if you were on the moon, looking at Earth, you’d see a full Earth.

Spring tides accompany today's supermoon: 
Will the tides be larger than usual? Yes, all new moons (and full moons) team up with the sun to usher in larger-than-usual tides, but perigee new moons (or perigee full moons) elevate the tides even more. Each month, on the day of the new moon, the Earth, moon and sun are aligned, with the moon in between. This line-up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low.

The January 1 and 30 extra-close new moons accentuate the spring tide, to give rise to what’s called a perigean spring tide. If you live along an ocean coastline, watch for high tides caused by the two January 2014 new moons – or supermoons. Will these high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system accompanies the perigean spring tide. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate perigean spring tides.

Bottom line: What a super way to start the New Year, with the close alignment of the new moon and perigee ushering in the supermoons of January 1 and January 30, 2014! Awesome!

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