Celestial Summer Show: Meteor Showers & Supermoon

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Finally, a reason – actually two – to remember this summer for something else than it being the coldest in record in two decades. 

Two celestial shows will illuminate our skies from 10 to 13 August.

The annual Perseids meteor showers will take place 11-13 August and a Supermoon, a day when the Moon is 14% closer to Earth and shines 30% brighter than usual, will take place 10 August around 19:00 (a similar Moon can also be seen on 9 September).

What are Perseids meteor showers? According to Nasa, when “Earth passes through the debris zone, specks of comet-stuff hit the atmosphere at 140,000 mph and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they [seem to] fly out of the constellation Perseus.”

A perigee full Moon – known popularly as a Supermoon – occurs when one side of the Moon’s elliptical orbit comes about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other side (apogee).

Mark your calendars and cross your fingers for clear skies.

The 2014 summer Supermoons

Supermoon vs Meteor Showers

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