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Perseid Meteor Shower Upstaged By Full Moon

(PARABNORMAL NEWS) — You may not be able to see this weekend’s peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

It is one of the most anticipated and popular sky shows of the year, but the Perseid’s are likely to be upstaged by this month’s full moon.  Its bright light will make it difficult to see meteors shooting across the night sky.

“Sadly, this year’s Perseids peak will see the worst possible circumstances for spotters,” said NASA astronomer Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “Most of us in North America would normally see 50 or 60 meteors per hour,” he said, “but this year, during the normal peak, the full Moon will reduce that to 10-20 per hour at best.”

Your best best is away from artificial light between midnight and dawn.

The Perseids are caused by Earth passing through remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle.  It is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth at 16 miles wide.

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