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This month's full moon is smallest of the year


Staff writers
November 17, 2012 — This month's full moon will not only undergo a very shallow eclipse, it will also be the smallest of the year.


Looking to the night skies, the moon has been putting on a good show this month, with still more unique features to come.

About mid-month, a crescent moon joined Venus and Saturn, and toward the end of the month, the moon will undergo a very shallow eclipse.

Before sunrise on Nov. 28, the full moon will pass through the outer light shadow zone of the Earth. The dimming of the moon during this "penumbral" eclipse will be subtle and mostly not noticeable until half the moon is in the shadow zone. Binoculars will help you see the dimming on part of the moon, but this penumbral eclipse will not be visible in most of the Maritimes and about half of Quebec.

Half a day later, when the full moon rises after sunset, Jupiter will appear as a bright dot on its upper left. 

This full moon is distinct, as it's the smallest one of the year, taking place when the moon is the furthest away from the Earth of all the full moons this year.

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