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Second 'supermoon' seen in the skies

By Star-Advertiser news services

LAST UPDATED: 11:03 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2014

If the moon seemed brighter than usual overnight, it's because it was the second so-called "supermoon" of the year.

The moon reached its perigee, the shortest distance from the Earth, at about the same time that the moon reached its full phase.

The lunar show was the second of three supermoons gracing our skies this summer with July 10 being the first and the next on Sept. 8.

There's more to see in the skies besides the moon for the next couple of days.

The full moon coincides with the annual Perseid meteor shower. The peak of the meteor shower should last through Tuesday.

Experts say the glare from the moon will likely wash out its visibility. Fortunately, the Perseid debris field is very wide and it takes the Earth a few weeks to travel through it completely.

The next meteor shower, the Leonids, will peak on Nov. 17.

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