Second supermoon of 2014 set to shine Sunday

A Supermoon is seen over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable

A Supermoon is seen over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable

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The second in a trio of supermoons this summer is set to light up the sky Sunday.

According to NASA, the so-called 'supermoon' occurs when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon.

"The moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few per cent at such times," NASA says.

Sunday's full moon "will be as much as 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year," the space agency says on its site.

The Weather Network says some of the best places to see the rare astronomical event in Canada include southern Ontario and southern British Columbia. Parts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Prairies will have partial cloudiness so optimal viewing times may vary for each region, the station says.

On Tuesday night, depending on the weather, we'll be able to see another exciting astronomical event - the annual Perseid meteor shower.

"Although the almost-full moon will wash out fainter meteors, there should still be a good show of brighter meteors in this prolific shower," NASA predicts. "Projected peak rates are 30-40 meteors/hour."

The first supermoon happened on July 12 and the next occurs on Sept. 8. Astronomers say that having three in such close proximity is rare and it is not expected that this will happen again until 2034.

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