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'Super moon' lights up Sunday night sky

2012/05/06 22:33:27

Taipei, May 6 (CNA) A "super moon" has lit up Sunday's night sky in a once-a-year cosmic show around Taiwan thanks to a nice weather.

The full moon, which is larger than normal due to its closeness to Earth, appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a normal one, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The full moon is about 356,000 kilometers away from Earth, making it closer to our planet than at any other day of the year, the Weather forecasters said. The average distance between the moon and the earth is 384,000 km.

The moon will reach perigee at 11:34 p.m. Sunday (Taiwan time), the Bureau said. One minute later, it will line up with the earth and the sun to become full.

Those who missed the "super moon" will have to wait until June 11, 2013 and August 11, 2014 to see such a big and bright moon, the Bureau added.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh and Hanna Liu)