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When to see Super Moon and meteor shower this week

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The ever so popular “Sharknado” has some celestial competition. This week the heavens will be putting on a double feature called: “SUPER” MOON VERSUS “MEGA” METEORS. OK, I made up that title but it is a perfect fit for this double feature.



As you may have read in the previous blog, August 10th and 11th will be the time frame for another “Supermoon”. This bigger and brighter than normal lunar event will not only compete with Saturday night clouds but also one of the biggest meteor showers of the year.
Yes the moon will be big and bright and yes that will snuff out the glow of a few streaking meteors, but the big moon can't out shine all the Perseids. The Perseid meteor shower will peak from August 10th through the 13th and will provide a chance of seeing some shooting stars for the rest of the week. Because of the brightness of the moon, plan on seeing about 15-30 meteors per hour instead of 60. One thing working in the favor of star gazers is the amount of brightly glowing and slower moving meteors that are just skimming the Earth's atmosphere.

These "Fireballs" should outshine the moon. Have fun! Stargazing is a great way of spending some of your summer evenings.

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