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Bloody Moon stuffs the Perseids

Annual meteor shower set to be a wash-out

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Tonight is the night for the best view of the Perseids – the annual meteor shower caused by the debris trail of comet Swift-Tuttle.

Or rather it would be if it weren't for the bloody Moon, which has timed its near-fullness to perfection to "interfere significantly" with the chances of copping a decent view of the lightshow.

Of course, the state of the Moon is academic for those readers in Blighty, since the sky looks likely to be entirely obscured by the traditional cloud, augmented by smoke from still-smouldering inner cities. ®

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