Smallest full moon of year expected after Mid-Autumn Festival: museum

Taipei- The smallest full moon of 2019 is expected Saturday, one day after the Mid-Autumn Festival, as an astronomical full moon does not coincide with the festival this year, Taipei Astronomical Museum said Friday.

The full moon will be at its smallest as it reaches the furthest point in its elliptical obit of the Earth, at a distance of 406,340 kilometers, the museum said.

Compared with the largest full moon of the year in February, the upcoming full moon will be about 14 percent smaller as seen by the naked eye, roughly the difference between the size of a NT$5 and NT$1 coin, it said.

The Mid-Autumn Festival will not coincide with the smallest astronomical full moon again until Sept. 24, 2037, the museum added.

Weather conditions for moon watching are likely to be fair in most parts of the country as cloudy to clear skies are forecast on Friday, when the moon is predicted to rise at 5:46 p.m., reach its zenith at 11:35 p.m., and fall at 5:28 a.m., the museum said.

To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the museum will extend its opening hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with four special tours every half hour between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

There will also be a moon watching activity in the evening, with museum staff helping participants observe the moon through telescopes, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel