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How to catch the Perseids and beat the almost-full Moon (Synopsis)

2 Aug 2017, 12:06 UTC
How to catch the Perseids and beat the almost-full Moon (Synopsis)
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“My dad took me out to see a meteor shower when I was a little kid, and it was scary for me because he woke me up in the middle of the night. My heart was beating; I didn’t know what he wanted to do. He wouldn’t tell me, and he put me in the car and we went off, and I saw all these people lying on blankets, looking up at the sky.” -Steven Spielberg
The full or almost-full Moon might be one of the most familiar sights in the night sky to those of us here on Earth, but it’s also the largest natural source of light pollution we have to contend with. The peak of this year’s Perseid meteor shower meant, if all things were equal, the best time to see the highest rate of meteors would be the pre-sunrise sky of August 12.
A view of many meteors striking Earth over a long period of time, shown all at once, from the ground (left) and space (right). A visible Moon will reduce the number of meteors seen by half, and will reduce the apparent brightness of the meteors significantly. Image credit: Astronomical and geophysical observatory, Comenius ...

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