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Moonlight interferes with 2011 Perseid meteor shower

11 Aug 2011, 07:02 UTC
Moonlight interferes with 2011 Perseid meteor shower
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The greatest number of Perseid meteors will be flying before dawn August 12 and 13, but the light of the full moon will wash away all but the brightest meteors.

Image Credit: Vic Winter
It’s time again for the peak of Perseid meteor shower, often the best meteor shower of the year – definitely a sky highlight of our northern hemisphere summer. Unfortunately, the moon will obtrude on this year’s 2011 Perseid display, washing out all but the brightest Perseid meteors on the mornings of August 12 and 13.
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At its peak, the Perseids often rain down 50 or more meteors per hour. But with the brilliant moon obscuring the show, you’ll be lucky to see even a fraction of that number.
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