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Fullest full moon of this year expected on Monday

TAIPEI--The fullest and brightest full moon of 2014 will appear early Monday morning, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Saturday.

The moon will reach its closest proximity to the Earth at 1:43 a.m., at a distance of 357,000 kilometers from the planet, the museum said.

Given good weather condition, skywatchers could easily find the moon any time between 5:59 p.m. on Sunday and 5:41 a.m. on Monday, it said.

Compared with other full moons this year, Monday's full moon will be about 30 percent brighter than usual, according to museum researcher Chang Kuei-lan.

It is difficult, however, to tell the moon's difference in size through just one single observation, Chang said.

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