Supermoon, Perseid meteor shower to light up sky Sunday - WKRN News 2

Supermoon, Perseid meteor shower to light up sky Sunday

Posted: Updated: Aug 10, 2014 04:08 PM
Courtesy: NASA Courtesy: NASA
The second of three supermoons this summer will occur Sunday night, just when the Perseid meteor showers are peaking.

A supermoon is when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, called "perigee," on the same night it is full.  This will make it 14% closer to the earth and 30% brighter than other full moons this year.

It will look biggest right after moonrise which is 7:32 p.m. in Nashville.

To see meteor showers, most viewers do not want a bright moon to interfere.  However, experts say that the Perseids produce more "fireballs" than any other meteor shower.  They will be bright enough to see despite the Supermoon.

Click here for more details from NASA.  

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