Look to the skies - supermoon and meteor shower tonight
Astronomers should be in for a double treat tonight, if the skies are clear.
A supermoon, where the moon appears larger and brighter than usual, is due to rise.
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A meteor shower is also predicted.
NASA scientist Michelle Thaller says the brightness of the moon may make some of the meteors harder to see.
"This is a regular meteor shower that happens every year, and it actually happens because we pass through a cloud of debris which is from an old comet which actually died and broke up and actually left a particle cloud in our solar system.
"The slightly unfortunate thing is that the moon will be up and very bright - so … it may make some of the meteors more difficult to see."