Year's Best 'Supermoon' Arrives Tomorrow

Which isn't great news for fans of Perseid meteor shower
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2014 10:05 AM CDT
Last month's 'supermoon' is viewed from Whittier, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – The full moon that rises tomorrow night should look especially bright: It's another so-called "supermoon," and this one will be the closest one to Earth all year, reports Universe Today. Another supermoon—or perigean full moon, for purists—comes next month, though it won't be as close. One drawback of this month's full moon is that it generally coincides with the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks from Monday to Wednesday, reports NBC News. As a result, sky-watchers will probably see fewer shooting stars than normal, thanks to the moon's glare. (While gazing up, ponder the weird revelation that the moon is actually shaped like a lemon.)

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