Supermoon and the Perseids

Tomorrow’s full Moon is a supermoon, the biggest and brightest of 2014. As the Moon rises in Malta at 7:34 p.m.CEST, it will be reaching the point in its orbit when it is exactly at the opposite side of the Sun as seen from Earth. This event will occur at 8:09 p.m.CEST; at that time, our natural satellite will appear fully round and big!

Unfortunately, the bright moonlight will outshine the Perseid meteor shower due to reach maximum activity next week. The moonlight will blot out most of the fainter meteors. These make up the bulk of the meteors seen. The brighter ones will still make it through though, so anyone who wants to observe in any case is invited to do so. Created from the debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids normally reach their peak in the early hours of 13 August.

The best period for observation is from 2 a.m. till dawn on 13 August (that is during the night between 12-13 August). Look towards the east but try not to have the Moon in your sight.