This weekend’s summer blockbuster is free for everyone. Turn your eyes to the sky this weekend to see the biggest supermoon of 2014 and to catch a few falling stars courtesy of the Perseid meteor shower.
This year’s biggest supermoon will peak on August 10th. The moon will be at its closest position to Earth at 2:09 pm ET according to the Washington Post and will put on a good show for everyone Sunday evening. How good of a show? NASA says supermoons can be up to 14% closer and 30% brighter than your typical full moon.
Be sure to check out the supermoon on Sunday if you can. If weather gets in the way, you’ll have one more chance this year to catch a supermoon. On September 9, the last supermoon of 2014 will cap off an extraordinary year for supermoons. Supermoons typically happen about every 13 months on average. This year, we saw three in consecutive months.
There is some bad news about Sunday’s supermoon. The moon’s brightness will wash out the sky right as the Perseid meteor shower begins to peak. You’ll still see some meteors flare against the night sky, but that 100 per hour figure is going to be a lot less.
The best viewing hours for this year’s Perseids are in the early morning hours. This weekend’s supermoon will be way too bright in the early evening hours. Let the moon start slipping towards the horizon before you start looking for falling stars.
The Perseids should still be visible for at least a few days following its peak on August 12 and 13.