Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday night into early Friday morning
The last (Sturgeon) supermoon of the year will hamper its viewing during the peak times
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - While the Perseid meteors have been showering the sky mid-July, it’s expected to peak Thursday August 11 and last into the early morning hours for Friday August 12.
The Perseids are one of the most plentiful meteor showers, which makes it easy to watch in most years, weather permitting. However, during this year’s peak event, there is also the arrival of the Sturgeon supermoon, which will make it very difficult to see the streaking meteors across the northern sky. Moonrise will begin at 8:35 p.m. and last until 6:17 a.m. Friday morning and will be 100% full in nature.
In active and ideal years, the Perseids may provide over 100 meteors per hour during the peak, however in this year’s peak, it is expected to remain around 10-20 meteors per hour, again, during a bright, full supermoon.
After Thursday night, the next supermoon will not arrive until August 2023.
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