Meteors and Moon Glow Vie for Attention Tuesday Night

The most famous of all annual meteor showers, the Perseids, is set to peak overnight August 12, but it will have to do battle with a brilliant moon.

A veritable ritual for summer stargazers, the Perseids are considered one of nature’s best fireworks shows, with dozens of shooting stars an hour falling at peak times. This year, however, the full moon officially occurs only two days before the shower is scheduled to put in its top performance.”

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Supermoon photographs from around the world

There’s something about moons and photographers. So when supermoons appear, it tends to bring out the best of them from all over the world, scoping out the best location to make a dramatic photograph. A supermoon occurs when the moon, which orbits Earth in a slightly elliptical trajectory, is at the absolute closest it can get while also being full. Yesterday’s supermoon did not disappoint.”

See more photos at The Big Picture at Boston.com.

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet

"After 10 years and a journey of four billion miles, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination on Wednesday for the first extended, close examination of a comet.

A six-minute thruster firing at 5 a.m. Eastern time, the last in a series of 10 over the past few months, slowed Rosetta to the pace of a person walking, about two miles per hour relative to the speed of its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.”

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