8.9.14 Lots to See in Night Sky

Published 08/10 2014 06:11PM

Updated 08/10 2014 06:19PM

The meteor as captured by Ethan Rogati in Milton, Vermont.
The meteor as captured by Ethan Rogati in Milton, Vermont./Courtesy: Ethan Rogati
There's a lot to see in the night sky this weekend.

Easiest to spot: the Full "Sturgeon" Moon. August's full moon gets it name from the number of fish typically caught in the month. Just like last month, this full moon is also a "supermoon." That just means the moon passes a little closer to the Earth than it typically does. It's hard to notice any visible difference though, since it only appears 8% larger than average. Another supermoon occurs in September.

The bright moon is beautiful to look at, but it's also dimming our view of a meteor shower. The Perseids peak early this week (August 13), and historically produce 60-80 meteors per hour in dark spots. With the moon being so bright, it's hard to see that many, if any at all. You still may spot a few, since the meteor shower continues even after it peaks.

If you have nice pictures of the moon, or meteors, e-mail us! Weather@FOX44now.com is how to get in touch.

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