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Catch A Peek At The 'Mini Moon' Thursday Night

A passenger plane crosses the full moon as it passes on its way to the Los Angeles International Airport in Whittier, Feb. 3, 2015.
Nick Ut / Associated Press
A passenger plane crosses the full moon as it passes on its way to the Los Angeles International Airport in Whittier, Feb. 3, 2015.

Last year, we had the "supermoon" phenomenon — when the moon looked larger than usual. Well, now we have the "mini moon."

Thursday night will bring the smallest full moon of the year.

In San Diego, the "mini moon" will appear around 11:33 p.m., when the moon is 252,516 miles away from the Earth's center, according to Astronomy.com.

Also known as the "lunar apogee," it will be the smallest full moon to appear this calendar year.

Some of the best places in San Diego to catch the "mini moon" are:

• Torrey Pines State Reserve at 12600 Torrey Pines Road.

• Palomar Mountain at 19952 State Park Road

• Mount Laguna Observatory at Sunrise Highway

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