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Supermoon, Perseid Meteor Shower Combine For Spectacular Show in the Sky

CNN iReporter Jim Denny captured the Perseid meteor shower as it streaked through the sky on Sunday August 11, 2013

CNN iReporter Jim Denny captured the Perseid meteor shower as it streaked through the sky on Sunday August 11, 2013

"As a photographer and astronomer, a full moon is typically nothing to get excited about for me unless it's going to be somehow unique, such as in color," John Thiel of Astoria in Queens, New York, said. When he saw the amber coloring of the moon, he had to take a photo.

“As a photographer and astronomer, a full moon is typically nothing to get excited about for me unless it’s going to be somehow unique, such as in color,” John Thiel of Astoria in Queens, New York, said. When he saw the amber coloring of the moon, he had to take a photo.

(CNN) — The second installment of this summer’s season of supermoons is happening Sunday.

Stargazers who missed the July 12 supermoon will have another chance to see the bright lunar phenomenon from all around the world.

The full moons of this summer, which fall on July 12, August 10 and September 9, are all supermoons, according to NASA.

The supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same days as its perigee, which is the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth.

The supermoon of August is one of the largest and brightest full moons of the year. The U.S. Naval Observatory says the moon will be 12% bigger and 30% brighter than it was in January 2014.

In the United States, the moon will turn full on Sunday at 2:09 p.m. ET. The moon will continue to look bright and full Sunday evening, leading into Monday early morning.

The Perseids can be viewed by observers in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are planning to view the shower, look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you). But don’t worry, you do not have to make any major astronomical calculations. Just lay a blanket on the ground, lie down and let your eyes wander around the sky - you will be bound to spot the shower sooner or later.

The Perseids can be viewed by observers in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are planning to view the shower, look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you). But don’t worry, you do not have to make any major astronomical calculations. Just lay a blanket on the ground, lie down and let your eyes wander around the sky – you will be bound to spot the shower sooner or later.

Days after the supermoon, people can also watch the annual Perseids meteor shower, which peaks on August 13. But stargazers might have a hard time spotting the meteor shower. The moon’s light will wash out all but the brightest of Perseids’ meteors, according to the International Meteor Organization.

Full moons occur near perigee approximately every 13 months, so full moons like this upcoming one are not that uncommon, according to NASA.

But that does not stop the public from getting excited over them. Social media sites are normally abuzz in anticipation of supermoon sightings days before the event is scheduled to peak. During July’s supermoon, CNN iReport received dozens of photos from around the world of supermoon sightings from people’s backyards to metropolitan areas.

Southern California resident Marie Sager was out in her Los Angeles backyard photographing the supermoon in July, too. Although it wasn’t her first experience seeing the bright moon, she still enjoys watching the lunar phenomenon, even if it means missing a few hours of sleep.

“I am a stargazer and a moon watcher. I’ll be there waiting and watching,” she said, referring to August’s supermoon.

It may be difficult to distinguish a true supermoon because of weather conditions and clouds, according to NASA. But August’s supermoon is sure to be a worthy lunar sighting.

Have a great photo of the supermoon or meteor shower?  Share them with us below.

Check out our supermoon/perseid meteor shower slideshow here.





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