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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Blinded by the moonlight

December 2005: Bright moonlit skies hide fainter meteors, diminishing the visual impact of these cosmic fireworks.
Would you attend a Fourth of July fireworks display if it were held at midday? Probably not. The midday Sun would all but obliterate the event. For a similar reason, skygazers tend to pass up meteor showers that occur around Full Moon. Bright moonlit skies hide fainter meteors, diminishing the visual impact of these cosmic fireworks.

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