Night sky is about to put on a show

  • Updated: August 8, 2014 - 11:21 PM
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A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Photo: Mike Zacchino, The Oregonian

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Stargazers may be in for a treat Sunday when one of the year’s brightest meteor showers will occur at the same time as a “supermoon.”

Sunday’s moon will be at its closest approach to Earth, appearing bigger and brighter than any other moon this year. It will be 221,765 miles away and look 16 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

“Supermoons happen every 13 months,” said Eric Vandernoot, astronomy professor at Florida Atlantic University. “What is interesting about this one is the timing. It’s doing it at the same hour as the moon becomes maximally full.”

The best time to catch the action is just after sunset.

Sunday will also see the beginning of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The best time to watch is early Tuesday.

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