Viewing the Perseids Meteor shower spoilt by full moon this year

August is the time for falling stars; I don’t mean eminent building companies.  The Perseid Meteor shower was here again this year, with the shower peak  through to Saturday morning coinciding with a near-full moon (due on the evening of the 13th), probably only the brightest of the meteors will be visible each hour.

“Despite that, if you’re lucky enough to have clear skies and patient enough to watch for a while, the meteors you see may be quite bright, as anything faint will be lost in the moonlit sky. The spectacle is created by the Earth passing through a field of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet, it is expected that meteors will still be visible until 22 August. ”

But experts say that the emergence of a full moon on Saturday could take the shine off this year’s display.

“The Perseids are one of the most reliable meteor showers and normally you can expect to see at least a few tens of meteors each hour if you’re observing from a dark site.”

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