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Smallest full moon of the year to light up Taiwan sky this week

  • CNA
  • 2012-11-26
  • 16:16 (GMT+8)
A full moon in Taipei. (Photo/Chen Yi-cheng)

A full moon in Taipei. (Photo/Chen Yi-cheng)

Stargazers can see a full moon at its smallest this year on Nov. 28, when it passes the farthest point from the earth, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said.

The celestial event will take place at 10:46 p.m. that day, with the moon's location being pegged at a distance of some 406,000 kilometers from the earth, the museum added.

Even though observers might not be able to tell the difference in the moon's size with the naked eye, the museum said, the moon will actually be about 10% smaller than its size earlier on May 6 this year, when it passed the perigee to reach its roundest.

Astronomy buffs might need to go southward to get a clear view of the moon as rainy weather had been forecast in northern and eastern Taiwan.

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