Don’t skip Sunday’s supermoon — with meteors!
August 10, 2014 - Supermoon
SAN FRANCISCO — This weekend might infer eye-popping for sky watchers.
Sunday night brings a supermoon, when a full moon coincides with a moon’s closest proceed to a Earth during a elliptical circuit around us.
YOUR TAKE: How to constraint a supermoon
The full moon will seem 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is during a farthest, says Ben Burress, an astronomer with a Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland.
The moon will be 190,000 miles from a Earth, 20% closer than a farthest point, when it is 240,000 miles away.
Astronomers call them perigee full moons, as perigee means “near Earth.” Still, a tenure doesn’t utterly fit with a excellence of a rising supermoon, so even scholarship sites have started regulating it.
The inclusive Perseids rise between Aug. 10 and Aug. 13. When there’s no light to interfere, they can fill a night sky with as many as 80 sharpened stars an hour.
This year’s uncover will be pale by a moon as it wanes, though some of a Perseids’ brighter meteors should be visible.
To find them, demeanour in a constellation Perseus, that is only to a left of a Pleiades, a Seven Sisters constellation, in a northeastern apportionment of a sky.
Another choice is to demeanour only after sunset, when a moon is still low, says Alan MacRobert, comparison editor during Sky Telescope magazine.