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Summer’s last supermoon and meteor shower to take place Thursday night

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Stargazers will have multiple sights in Thursday night’s sky as the last supermoon of the year is set to rise alongside the Perseid meteor shower.

August’s full moon, also known as the “Sturgeon Moon” and the “Green Corn Moon,” will appear 17% bigger and almost 30% brighter as it nears 233,587 miles from Earth at 8:36 p.m CT.

Those wishing to catch a view of the shower will be able to see around 100 meteors fall towards the earth’s atmosphere at 133,200 miles per hour throughout the night. Typically, meteor showers are best seen when the moon is least visible, so the light from the supermoon might affect the number of meteors viewers can see.

Neither spectacle will require a telescope or binoculars to view, making tonight the best time to view a special starry sky with the naked eye.

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