A Perseid meteor viewed from roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) outside of Las Vegas in 2021.

Perseid meteor shower peaking now, but bright moon a problem

The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak tonight (Aug. 12), but the “shooting stars” will have some competition with the full Sturgeon Moon lighting up the night sky, too. 

The Perseid meteor shower — one of the strongest annual meteor showers, occurring between July 14 and Sept. 1 — reaches its peak overnight on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. Unfortunately, that coincides with this month’s full moon, which officially reached its full phase last night (Aug. 11). 


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