'Supermoon 2' Vies with Perseid Meteor Shower for Social Media Attention

Supermoon Overshadows Perseid Meteor Shower
A full moon known as "supermoon" rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building
Eduardo Munoz/Reuters/Landov

08/11/2014 08:15AM

The second supermoon of 2014 took over the skies Sunday night, supplanting the annual Perseid meteor shower and creating a dilemma for photographers everywhere.

It is clear where Google's sympathies lie, at least – the search engine's Doodle for Aug. 11 commemorated the Perseid shower. Check it out in video form below, and read this great interview with doodler Sophie Diao for more info.

And while the Perseid shower returns every August, the supermoon's definitely having a great 2014: Its second appearance is dominating social media Monday morning, just as the first one did.





The Perseid shower will peak between Aug. 10 and 13, though the supermoon's waning phase may make it harder to see. If you can make it up before dawn Tuesday and Wednesday, you may be able to spot them.


The final supermoon is set to occur on Sept. 9. Mark your calendars!



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