Superluna and the meteor shower in August

09-03-2018 mmunley
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If we could during the month of July enjoy a beautiful superluna and two great meteor showers on the same night, August offers us a similar astronomical fortune. However, this time, the next superluna, to be held on August 10 classic match Perseids meteor shower.

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The Perseid meteor shower, the best known among them, will have their days of visibility from 11 to 13 August, so to match the height of the full moon biggest and brightest of the year, it is likely to remain a little tarnished. It is usual to see the Perseid meteor about 100 meteors per hour but they will have to compete with a full moon 14% larger and 30% brighter.

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Perseid meteors come from the comet Swift-Tuttle, each complete 133 years a trip through the inner solar system, leaving behind a trail of dust and sand. When Earth passes through the debris zone, the comet particles hit the atmosphere, disintegrating then leaving bright flashes of light in the sky we enjoy.

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"This is bad news for the Perseids. The Moonglow delete the curtain of black velvet background required for faint meteors, and drastically reduces the trails. However, the Perseids are rich in fireballs brighter than Jupiter or Venus. These will be visible despite the full moon, "says Bill Cooke of the Office of Environment Meteorite NASA.

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Image credit: JURAJ Tóth / WIKIMEDIA