Largest full moon of year to light up sky, weather permitting

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Photo courtesy of Taipei Astronomical Museum

Photo courtesy of Taipei Astronomical Museum

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) Stargazers are expected to witness a full moon at its largest this year tonight at 11:47 p.m., when it passes its nearest point to Earth, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Sunday.

In Taipei, moonrise in the northeastern sky will occur at 4:58 p.m., with the moon to be at its fullest at 11:47 p.m., according to a museum statement.

The moon will appear about 14 percent bigger than its smallest appearance of this year, recorded at 9:01 p.m. June 9.

The bright star Aldebaran will also be visible beside the full moon.

Designated as Alpha Tauri, Aldebaran is an orange giant star, the brightest in the zodiac constellation of Taurus, the museum statement said.

The museum said it will set up a high-powered telescope between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Taipei's Tianmu Baseball Stadium to allow free access for the public to observe the rare phenomenon at even closer range.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Joseph Yeh)
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