Meteors, supermoons and northern lights

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Skywatchers and photographers can rejoice as they have their pick of fascinating subjects this weekend with the start of a meteor shower, the supermoon making an appearance and a chance of a northern lights show.

Saturday night the full moon will be one of three supermoons in a row this summer. The bigger and brighter moon will be out July 12, Aug. 10 and again Sept. 9. The scientific term for the supermoon is a ‘perigee moon’ and it appears so large because it is about 50,000 kilometres closer than other full moons.

The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower runs from July 12-Aug. 23 with a peak expected around July 28-29. There will be about 20 meteors per hour during the peak. The southern part of the sky is where to look for them. The meteors will be tough to spot this weekend with the moon so big and bright, so you might want to hold off.

The Space Weather Prediction Center is also predicting a small chance of northern lights Sunday to Monday.

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