Wednesday 31st  January 2018

super full moon & total lunar eclipse


The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 13:27 UTC. Since this is the second full moon in the same month, it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon. This is also the last of two super moons for 2018. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.



The average distance of the moon from earth’s center is about 382,900 kilometers. A Super Full Moon is as close as 360,000 kilometers from Earth’s center. The furthest away from earth is more than 405,000 kilometers.


A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of western North America, eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Ocean

(Visibility Table from

* The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Apia, the entire eclipse is visible.


Tide Calendar for Samoa


Thank You






A Super Full Moon happens when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth or perigee. It becomes 14% bigger and brighter. (NASA)



Tide Effects

Super Moons cause higher than normal tides levels. Tide level for the month of January all fall below the 1.5m mark (average). The tide increases as we approach January 31st as seen on our Tide Calendar, with the highest tide for January recorded on the 31st.



13:27 UTC or 3:27am Samoa Local Time