Storms and Supermoons

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!

23 thoughts on “Storms and Supermoons

  1. Hi Tom! 🙂

    Yes, the skies are not entirely clear here either and the lights make it hard to see the stars, let alone the Perseids!!! 😦

    When my grandparents owned their farm I used to go out after dark and watch them flash overhead.

    One of my better childhood memories! 🙂

    With luck I’ll also see the Super moon, it all depends on the clouds. 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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  2. Yes the winds were strong but stronger in other places.. only a few potted plants around the patio blow over.. The Moon peeped out from behind clouds too but my little camera didn’t do it justice.. And no luck with the meteor shower either… The good thing though Tom.. I didn’t hear any werewolves howling either!..

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  3. I was really annoyed with myself for completely forgetting about this – that shouldn’t have been possible with all the news stories but somehow I missed the opportunity to even look! I’d also love to go and see the northern lights one of these days 🙂

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    • Never mind… there’s always next time, Sara!
      The Northern Lights would be amazing to see… sometimes, they’re visible from here in the UK, but usually when they make an appearance here, the cloud cover tends to visit as well!

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