Perseid Preview: Moon to Muscle in on Aug. 12-13 Meteor Shower

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"But a major obstacle, the Moon, will work against attempts to spot the fiery space dust this year. The Moon will turn full on Aug. 12, severely hampering observations just at the wrong time. Bright moonlight will flood the sky all through that entire night."

http://www.space.com/spacewatch/persied_preview_030801.html
 
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Was that last night or is it tonight?
In my country the maximum is announced at 3 in the morning. Last night I woke up around 3,30 and looked at the sky for around 5 minute. I didn't see anything but a blinding moon. I went back to sleep. Last year I missed the maximum because of clouds. Did I miss everything this year?
 

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