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Supermoon and Perseid Meteor Shower

August 10, 2014 - 05:00 AM
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A lot going on in the night sky over the next several days.  The August full moon, which occurs tonight, may look a little bigger and brighter than normal.  In fact, it will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter.  The reason is because the moon is at lunar perigee.  This means the moon is about 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than normal.

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You'll have to wait for breaks in the clouds to see the bright moon Sunday night.  If you don't get a chance to see the moon tonight, you'll get another chance at catching a 'supermoon' when it happens again on September 9, 2014.   The August supermoon will be the closest of all supermoons this year.  The moon will not be this close again until the full moon on September 28th, 2015.

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Another fantastic night sky event is the annual Perseid meteor shower.  One of the most vibrant meteor showers of the year with nearly 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place at peak. The only caveat is the perseids will be competing with the very bright supermoon.  The perseid meteor shower peaks on the mornings of August 11th, 12th, and 13th. 

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As for local weather, conditions won't be ideal for supermoon and meteor shower viewing.  It looks like skies will be rather cloudy for the next few nights with clear skies returning by Wednesday night.  You should still be able to see a few shooting stars by midweek, with the still bright waning gibbous moon.

The Stormwatch weather team would love to see your supermoon pictures.  Upload them to our Stormwatch Facebook page and maybe you'll see them on air! 

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