Skywatch: A full moon isn't good news for our meteor shower


A bright moon will put a damper on a great shows in the sky that’s peaking later this week. We’ll get to that in a moment.

That moon will shine brightly on both Sunday and Monday night because it will officially turn full on Monday afternoon at 2:11 P.M. Because it’s full in the middle of the day, it’ll be big and bright both nights.

This month’s moon is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon because traditionally the fish was caught a little more easily in August. It’s also known as the Full Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.

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As that moon is turning full, star-gazers on the other side of the world will have a chance to see a partial lunar eclipse. The eclipse, the result of the moon passing into the Earth’s shadow, will be visible in most of Africa and Europe.

The greatest eclipse will occur at 2:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time. Click here for a link to view it.

As mentioned before, the bright moon will make viewing this year’s Perseid meteor shower a little tougher.

One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is peaking over the weekend! The Perseids are caused by leftover debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle and often 50 or more meteors are visible during the peak hours of the event.

This year the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13 are expected to be the most active. This shower is best visible in the early morning. Look in the NE after midnight near the constellation of Perseus to find the radiant. As always, find a dark place far away from the city lights to get the best view. Happy hunting!