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Thursday’s full moon will affect Perseid sightings over the next few nights


The astronomers explain that the maximum activity of this passage of meteors, called the Perseids, is expected around 9 p.m. Friday. The full moon will become a factor that will limit the sighting of shooting stars.

The Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan specifies that the observation of the sky during the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, when the Perseids will in principle be more abundant, will be affected by the imposing light produced by the Moon, even at countryside.

Turn off your lights and go out to admire the sky tonight! The Perseids will be at their climax, even if the moon comes to steal the show. Sébastien Giguère from the ASTROLab gives us his advice for a successful observation session.

The veil of light masks the weaker meteors; only a few occasional very bright meteors manage to pierce it, which greatly reduces the number of meteors that it is possible to see.

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According to the Planetarium, during the next two nights, we should expect to count at most three or four meteors per hour and only on condition of benefiting from a very transparent sky and a completely clear point of view. over 360 degrees.

Astronomers report that in 2023, the Perseids will enjoy much better conditions, since the Moon will be at its last crescent.

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