Your guide to watching the Perseids meteor shower despite this week's supermoon

Written By

Anupriya Jain

A "supermoon" and a "sturgeon moon" will make it difficult to see the Perseid meteor shower this year, as it lasts for several weeks in the summer and peaks around August 12 and August 13.

The moon reached peak illumination Thursday night, but will remain bright enough over Friday and Saturday to obstruct visibility of the Perseids' fainter meteors.

While viewers of the Perseids can typically see 50 to 100 meteors in the sky, this year they might only be able to spot about 10 or 20

What is a supermoon?

Because big sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were easy to get at this time of summer, the full moon in August was once known as the "sturgeon moon.

What not to do on when looking for the Perseids meteor shower?

On your hunt, try not to carry any equipment. The best way to view the sky is with your naked eyes, not binoculars or telescopes.

Bright stuff, let the street lights alone. Your eyes should be alert to shiny things. If you're having issues seeing vast night sky, focus your gaze to northeast sky, as it where shower will be hitting.


When is the best time to spot the Perseids meteor shower?

While you can try to spot some of the meteors earlier in the night, your best bet for catching them is waiting until after midnight