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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.
But on the 2nd and 3rd, it will be joined by the waning gibbous moon.
Moon and Lion—January 4-5 Face the eastern sky in the late evening of January 4 and check out the waning gibbous moon perched just above the star Regulus.
On Halloween, there will be a waxing gibbous moon; about 80-percent of the moon’s surface will be illuminated.
On Halloween, there will be a waxing gibbous moon
Hope for clear night skies, as these meteors can’t compete with a gibbous moon.
According to Olson’s astronomical model, the moon on August 20, 1817 would have been in what's known as the waxing gibbous phase—when more than half of the orb is light, but it is capped with a crescent of darkness.
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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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