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Skywatch: Look for the full Hunter's moon

Sadly, the full moon will wash out some meteors from the popular meteor shower.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mercury will be easier to spot in the morning sky in the coming days. It actually reaches a milestone at about 7:51 p.m. in the evening on Tuesday. 

That is when it’ll be at perihelion, or at its closest point to the sun in its orbit. It’ll be roughly 28.5 million miles away from our star.

As I mentioned Mercury is easier to find in the morning sky in the coming days. Look in the eastern sky before sunrise. It’ll be near the horizon with Arcturus, the brightest star in the constellation Bootes or the herdsman, not far off.

The full moon arrives Wednesday morning at 10:57 a.m. This month’s full moon is known as the full Hunter’s moon because this was the time to store up meat for the coming winter. It’s also called the full blood moon.

Sadly the full moon will put a damper on this year’s Orionid meteor shower. It’s peaking Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 

Caused by Halley’s Comet you can see up to 20 meteors per hour in a good year but 2021 will not be one of those. 

Still, if you’re far from the city lights and you’re out early Thursday morning lookup. You might get lucky and see a shooting star. 

Happy hunting!

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