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This Thursday, the moon will be in the final moments of its first quarter phase before transitioning to a waxing gibbous on Friday.
See the waxing gibbous moon scoot by the gaseous Jupiter on June 23 as the planet sets in the western sky before dawn now.
Moon Meets Mars—June 3 Mars will rise around local midnight in the early part of the month, and on June 3, early risers looking toward the southeast will be able to see the red planet pair up with the waning gibbous moon.
Catch the gibbous moon approaching Saturn, which is at zero magnitude, bright, starting around June 26.
From June 22 to 24, watch as the gibbous moon pays a visit to Jupiter about halfway up the southern sky after your local nightfall.
On June 3, Mars will hang out near the waning gibbous moon.
One problem for everyone, regardless of the weather: The light of the waning gibbous moon will interfere with seeing the shower, according to Sky and Telescope.
Skygazers could see as many as 40 meteors an hour, but the bright gibbous moon will probably wash out most of them.
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Did You Know?
The adjective "gibbous" has its origins in the Latin noun gibbus, meaning "hump," and in the Late Latin adjective gibbosus, meaning "humpbacked," which Middle English adopted in the 14th century as "gibbous." "Gibbous" has been used to describe the rounded body parts of humans and animals (such as the back of a hunchback or camel) or to describe the shape of certain flowers (such as snapdragons). The term is most often identified, however, with the study of astronomy. In fact, if you run across the word gibbous, chances are you'll find the word moon somewhere nearby. A gibbous moon is one that is more than a half-moon but less than full.
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