January new moon 2015: Watch a initial fantastic ‘supermoon’ of a year …

January 19, 2015 - Supermoon

Dubai moon
The moon rises over bureau towers in Dubai Media City in Dubai(Reuters)

January’s new moon this week is a initial of 6 “supermoons” that will lighten a night sky this year.

In astronomy, a new moon is a initial proviso of a moon, when it orbits closest to a object in a sky as seen from Earth. Specifically, it is a present when a moon and a object have a same ecliptical longitude.

Although a moon is many always manifest during this time – solely for when it is seen in conformation during a solar obscure or bright by earthshine – a Slooh Community Telescope will horde a live observation of a moon in a fantastic Dubai night sky.


The moon on 20 Jan is also a initial “supermoon” of a year, according to EarthSky, nonetheless it is not a full moon. It is a initial of 6 that will start over a march of 2015, a initial 3 of that on 20 January, 18 Feb and 20 Mar are new moons.

A supermoon is a fluke of a full moon or new moon with a closest proceed a moon creates to Earth on a elliptical orbit, that formula in it appearing incomparable and brighter.

The tenure supermoon – technically called perigee-syzygy of a Earth-moon-sun system – is not astronomical, though originated in complicated astrology. Astrologer Richard Nolle tangible a materialisation as: “A new or full moon that occurs with a moon during or nearby (within 90% of) a closest proceed to Earth.”

Therefore, EarthSky reports, a new moon or full moon has to come within 224,834 miles of a world in sequence to be personal as a supermoon. The Jan new moon will strech perigee – a closest indicate to Earth – on 21 January, when it will distortion 223,473 miles from us.


The new moon occurs during 8.14am on 20 January, according to Astronomy.com. However, during this phase, a moon crosses a sky with a Sun and so will sojourn dark in a glare.

There is good news for stargazers, however. As a moon will be directly between a Earth and a Sun and therefore invisible to us, this is a best time of a month to observe gloomy objects such as galaxies and clusters of stars since there is no light to interfere.

In a non-astronomical context, a new moon refers to a initial manifest crescent of a moon after and with a sun. This takes place over a western setting in a brief duration between nightfall and moonset, definition that a time and date of a coming depends wholly on a geographical plcae of a observer.

The initial crescent outlines a commencement of a month in lunar calendars such as a Muslim calendar, and in lunisolar calendars such as a Hebrew, Hindu and Buddhist calendars.

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