Largest full moon of the year to light up sky on Dec. 3

Taipei-Stargazers can see a full moon at its largest this year on Dec. 3, when it passes the nearest point from Earth, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Saturday.

The celestial event will take place at 11:47 p.m. that day, with the moon's location being pegged at a distance of some 350,000 kilometers from Earth, the museum added.

The moon will appear about 14 percent bigger than its smallest size reached on June 9 this year, when it passed the apogee - the point in its orbit at which it is furthest from the earth.

That will translate to a difference between the size of a NT$50 coin and a NT$10 coin, according to the museum.

The museum said it will set up a high-power telescope between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Tianmu Baseball Stadium to allow free access for the public to observe the phenomenon.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel