Perseid Meteor Shower Approaching, But Supermoon May Steal Some of Its Thunder

By Sean Breslin
Published: August 7, 2014

Above: Images from past Perseid showers

Typically, the best time to catch a meteor shower is during peak viewing days. But not this month.

The Perseids, which run from mid-July to mid-August, will peak Aug. 11, 12 and 13, according to EarthSky. Normally, you could see as many as 100 shooting stars an hour under prime viewing conditions, but light from this month's full moon will upstage the meteor shower.

The closest supermoon of the year will shine August 10, so only the brightest meteors will be visible on peak mornings, according to a separate EarthSky report. This will certainly take away from the prolific shower, but as meteor frequency increases over the next week, so should viewing frequency.

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The meteor shower is one of the most popular every year. The meteors are created when debris falls off the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has now crossed Earth's path. Once the Perseids cool this month, the next meteor shower isn't until late October, according to NASA.

An unsettled weather pattern setting up across parts of the U.S. this week will also be a hurdle to catching the Perseids. The pattern will bring scattered showers and clouds to parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and South as the week progresses. Check out your 5-day forecast here on to see which evening may be best for you. 

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