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By Jim White
For The Sentinel 

What's in the Sky?


December 27, 2017

January 2018

Happy New Year! We open 2018 with another "Supermoon" on New Year's Day. You may have seen the last full moon on Dec. 3, which was also a Supermoon. Skies were clear in our area, and we were treated to a brighter and slightly larger than average moon. Supermoons occur when the noon is at or near its closest approach to Earth when it is full. On Jan. 1, the moon will be about 221,000 miles from Earth, closer than the average of about 238,000. It is still smaller in our sky than many people realize. If you look at the moon through a drinking straw, you can see the entire Moon in that small area, even a Supermoon Try it!

The Moon is not done with us on New Year's Day. On the l...

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