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Supermoon - as seen from the Meridian region

A "supermoon" lit up the sky as stargazers enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower - one of the year's most dramatic lunar events. The moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal as it reached the point in its orbit closest to the Earth, known as "perigee".

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Supermoon - as seen from the Meridian region

Abingdon Credit: Paul Finch

A "supermoon" lit up the sky as stargazers enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower - one of the year's most dramatic lunar events.

The moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal as it reached the point in its orbit closest to the Earth, known as "perigee".

Given a dark, clear sky in a normal year, it is common to see more than 100 of the meteors an hour during the second week in August.

The meteors will be visible until Wednesday, with activity peaking tomorrow An unusually bright full "supermoon" was also seen on July 12th, and is due to appear again on September 9th.

Supermoons occur relatively frequently, usually every 13 months and 18 days, but are not always noticed because of clouds or poor weather.

Supermoon Credit: Riana Theunissen
Peacehaven Credit: Max Smith

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