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Stargazers to see smallest full moon for next 18 yrs.

TAIPEI -- Stargazers with sharp eyes will have a shot today at seeing the full moon at its smallest not just for the year, but for the next almost two decades.

The Taipei Astronomical Museum said Wednesday that the full moon will not show up this small again until the year 2032.

The celestial event will take place around noon, when the moon will be some 406,000 kilometers away from the earth, the museum said.

While it will be impossible for people in Taiwan to see the moon at lunch time, sky watchers can get a glimpse before dinner. The moon rises at 5:39 p.m. that day, said museum official Chang Kuei-lan.

"If you compared images of the biggest full moon and the smallest full moon," she said, "you would see a difference as they would look like a NT$5 coin and a NT$1 coin" — about the same as a U.S. nickel compared to a U.S. dollar coin, respectively.

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