It always happens.
Whenever there’s a chance to view a spectacular meteor shower, the weather changes.
The Perseids Meteor Shower reaches its dramatic climax between the tenth and thirteenth August 2014, meaning that, if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to see between sixty and a hundred shooting stars an hour.
Last time I tried to view them, I saw one.
This time, they may be slightly obscured by Hurricane Bertha which is currently battering our shores (and inland!) here in the UK. It’s actually being called ex-Hurricane Bertha now, as it’s fizzling itself out, but we are getting some strong winds and heavy rain, and the occasional burst of lightning. Obviously, the cloud cover is obscuring the view of the night sky… but if there’s a break in the cloud, there’s another celestial event that will also cause the meteor shower to be less than clear… the Full Moon. The Full Supermoon, in fact.
Fourteen times larger than normal will the Moon appear this evening, as it is at its closest point to the Earth. Well, it will appear fourteen times larger should Bertha allow it.
At the moment, I can’t see anything through the rain.
There’s always next time, I suppose.
I always remain patient with these things.
One day, I shall see my full meteor shower. I just know it!