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Full moon and Perseid meteors both this weekend

12 Aug 2011, 07:01 UTC
Full moon and Perseid meteors both this weekend
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In an unusual display of bad timing, the full moon and the peak of the Perseid meteor shower both occur on the same date this year: Saturday, August 13, 2011.

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In an unusual display of bad timing, the full moon and the peak of the Perseid meteor shower both occur on the same date this year: Saturday, August 13, 2011. Although the Perseids are expected to produce the most meteors between midnight and dawn tonight (Saturday, August 13), the moon will be out in full force also, obliterating all but the brightest Perseid meteors.
August 2011 guide to the five visible planets
We don’t have to totally write off this year’s Perseid shower, as long as we’re willing to work around the moon. The best viewing time will be from about 2 a.m. until dawn, when the moon sits rather low in the south to southwest sky (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Try to find a spot somewhere that can shelter you from the glaring moonlight, yet will leave an otherwise open, dark sky. A plateau with high-standing mountains in the south to southwest would be especially convenient.
The constellation Perseus, the radiant for the annual Perseid ...

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