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Perseid meteor shower competes with supermoon

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 5:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tuesday's Google Doodle isn't the only place Columbia residents can view the Perseid meteor shower.

The meteor shower was scheduled to peak overnight Tuesday in the northeastern sky, according to www.spaceweather.com. The forecast overnight was mostly clear with a low temperature of 57 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Scientists expect the shower will produce about 30-40 meteors per hour at its peak viewing time. But, due to the supermoon's brightness, viewers might see fewer than that this year. To avoid the glare of the moon, try to watch the sky from the moon shadow of a tall building. 

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.


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