Supermoons Herald the New Year


How lucky can we be, starting a new year with a full moon — a supermoon no less — on the first day of the year? A supermoon happens when a full moon falls at or very near the moon’s perigee, meaning its nearest brush with Earth, during the month. To add icing to the cake, there will be another full moon on January 31st. That’s a Blue Moon. To have a blue moon and a supermoon in the same month, and to have one on January 1, is rare indeed. Probably a computer could figure out the probability of this kind of lineup, which is so rare it deserves its own color.  How about a Mauve Moon?  Don’t forget...          

  1. Write 2018, not 2017.
  2. Meet with the Astro-Imaging SIG on the first Tuesday (not the third Wednesday) meaning Jan. 2nd this month.  It’s at its usual location, Oak Hills Church, 2800 NW 153rd Ave, Beaverton 97006 and usual time, 7:00 p.m.
  3. Log your volunteer hours within a day or two of your volunteer service so you don’t forget.
  4. Stay informed: check the Forum; read the Gazette and broadcast emails; check the calendar. These all have useful information and keep us in touch with each other.
  5. Give RCA business cards to your friends and family or anyone who expresses an interest in astronomy and/or our club. Invite them to the OSMI star parties. Tell them about red light manners.
  6. Take that neglected telescope or imaging equipment off the shelf and complete the project that’s been in the back of your mind for so long.
  7. Support the battle against light pollution.
  8. RCA is 30 years old! Prepare to celebrate.

Have a safe and happy New Year!  See you on January 15 “if the fates allow.” 

— Margaret