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When to See the Perseid Meteor Shower

A woman points up toward a meteor shower.

If you’re already anticipating seeing August’s super moon, you need to add one more astronomical event to your to-see list. There’s a major meteor shower happening this month as well.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, and yes, that does just so happen to coincide with August’s super moon.

While the dual event sounds cool, it’s actually a bit of bad news for those wanting to view the shower. Due to the moon’s brightness, there will be fewer meteors visible than normal. Don’t get too bummed out just yet though.

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The Perseids are one of the brightest and most visible showers of the year, and there can be 50-100 meteors per hour. While the moon will likely obscure some of those shooting stars, it’s certainly still worth looking up to see them. Plus, you will be getting the last of the summer’s super moons, and you’ll have a full view of it.

If you can’t get out into nature Aug. 12-13, though, it’s fine. While that’s the peak of the shower, it’s not the end. You’ll be able to view the event through Aug. 24. There won’t be as many meteors as the shower begins to wain, but you’ve still got the opportunity to see some.

Those looking for a summer activity for kids or those who just love astronomy should definitely mark their calendars.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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