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Perseid meteor shower eclipsed by supermoon

The Perseids meteor shower as seen in the night sky from the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid near the municipality of Valle del Lozoya.

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The Perseids meteor shower as seen in the night sky from the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid near the municipality of Valle del Lozoya.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual best-of-summer meteor shower peaked late Tuesday and into the wee hours Wednesday morning.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said the bigger, brighter supermoon would interfere with viewing the Perseids, which peaked after 2:30 a.m.

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Cooke said instead of seeing as many 100 fireballs per hour, star gazer were expected to see about 30. Instead of just lying on the ground and looking up, observers needed to gaze away from the moon for the best view.

The meteor show is debris of the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Cooke said asking people to watch the meteor shower is a favorite pickup line of astronomy nerds. He said it can be seen online but is not as good.

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