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31 January 2018
Almost a triple

A triple celestial event takes place today, although we in Cromarty will be able to view — weather permitting — only two of these phenomena.

For the first time since July 2015, there will be a 'blue moon' — the second full moon in a calendar month (the first was on 2nd January). It is also a 'supermoon' — when the moon's orbit is at its closest point to the earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. Those living from the Middle East through Asia and Australia will also be able to see a lunar eclipse.

This evening the moon will rise about 5.00pm and remain in the sky until 8.00am tomorrow. It will be at its highest point in the sky at 12.40am.

Photo: View of rising moon over bowling green toward South Sutor at 6.30pm