Supermoon Dates 2014: Two New Moons Coming in January

    A supermoon rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion in June 2013. There are five supermoon dates projected for 2014. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

    There are five supermoon dates in 2014, with the first coming on January 1.

    That will be a new moon, as will another new moon coming on January 30. 

    This makes January 2014 the only month with two supermoons until January 2018, according to EarthSky.

    So what exactly is a supermoon? It’s when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than usual, which is most noticeable when there’s a full moon.

    “So, the moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent at such times,” said Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the space agency’s website. “It is called a supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment that at first glance would seem to have an effect. The ‘super’ in supermoon is really just the appearance of being closer.”

    Because of how close the supermoon is, it can appear “as much as 14% larger in the sky and 30% brighter to our eyes than at minimum size and brightness,” according to NASA.

    While supermoons don’t normally impact much, they may bring higher tides than usual.

    The term supermoon came from astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago, and is only now coming into popular usage, according to EarthSky. Nolle said a supermoon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

    This usually means an average of four to six supermoons per year.

    The other supermoons in 2014 will be on July 12, on August 10, and on September 9. The moon will be the closest to the Earth on August 10.

    Before supermoons were called supermoons, they were referred to perigee full moon, or perigee new moon. Perigee means “the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth,” being derived from the Greek word perigeion, which meant “close around the Earth.”

    Category: Science Space

    • cherylw1958

      A good way to start the new year! I will look to the skies that night. I love the moon, makes the night so special. Happy New Year to you all! 2014 here we come!

      • Flash Murri Weather Gal

        I think this new moon is not visible tonight, according to my star chart it is in the sky during the day with the sun. The sun is far too bright to even see the moon as they are very close together up there in Cairns Australia atm.

        • cherylw1958

          I’m in Australia, will that make any difference? In Bisbane, will I see it? Thank you in advance.

          • Flash Murri Weather Gal

            nah i don’t think so, new moon is also called the dark moon because it becomes invisible or dark or black. I could locate it on my ‘Star Chart’ app today during the day and it was close to the sun. The ‘Star Chart’ app is free if you download it you will have access to locating all planets, stars, moons, constellations etc; its accuracy is not guaranteed i’ve heard.

            • cherylw1958

              Thank you for that info, you’re a star yourself. The tide is very high here today, just got back from shopping and I live on the bayside and the tide is washing over the sea wall, so I’m seeing the results of the moon anyway.

            • Flash Murri Weather Gal

              well u live next to my country of north straddie, i am in cairns and now going to check out our beach at clifton

            • postman7z

              Really? I hope you are just kidding her.

    • dvncmdy

      La Bella Luna

    • paul tarsuss

      Wow. The media is certainly doing it’s part to toe the “party line”. Society was unfamiliar with the term “super moon” until recently. At first the media parroted the “once ever 18 years” lie. Now it’s willy nilly super moon fiesta week every who knows when? A bad joke. Those interested in the actual Truth of these matters, consider googling the term “Huge Media Blackout Regarding Earth and Moon Orbital Changes”. Compare what is occurring with Luke 21:25-28. Get a Globe. Look at where the sun used to appear at summer and winter solstice and compare to now. Yes, the sun now rises over Canada and sets over Canada in summer, instead of central mexico as it used to for thousands of years. The powers that be are more concerned with propping up a malignant status quo than, pulling their heads from their behinds, putting them back on their shoulders and bending their knees with those that know better. Compare all the new volcanoes, Tsunami, quakes, signs in sun, moon and stars with what is written. Then read Isaiah 24:20. If you dare. More importantly, if you care…. Blessings in Christ

      • postman7z

        uh???

    • postman7z

      Also 2 full moons in one month the second is called a blue moon. “Once in Blue Moon”


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