Supermoons, meteor shower to light up the sky this January

PHOTOS: First supermoon of 2018 in Cornwall

2018 is starting off big and bright, as the sky will play host to a "supermoon" Monday night.

Also, the 2nd full moon is extra special, as it is many times referred to as the "blue moon" being the 2nd in a month.

A lunar eclipse - when the moon passes through the earth's shadow - will also take place on January 31.

While that full moon will not be as close to earth in its orbit as the one we will see tonight, it will coincide with a lunar eclipse!

"The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere", PAGASA explained. Marie, Timmins and Elliot Lake will enjoy a view of the full lunar eclipse beginning about 6:50 a.m. and lasting about 12 minutes while North Bay, Sudbury, Manitoulin Island, Guelph and Barrie will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse at that time. The moon rises at 4:17 p.m.

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The moon is at its closest point to Earth - known as the perigee - around 221,600 miles away. This one showed the supermoon rising over Rome. The eclipse will start at 5:51 a.m. and will not be a full eclipse when the moon sets just after 7 a.m.

The full moon on January 2 was also a super moon because it was within 361,000 kms. The moon's bright light will likely outshine numerous brightest Quadrantids. The moon won't come that close to Earth again until November 24, 2034.

The last supermoon had appeared on December 3, which was called a "cold moon". The next supermoon will be on January 31.

The popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson probably said it best: "In the overall scheme of things, is this relatively small increase in the moon's apparent size really so meaningful?"

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