Perseid Meteor Shower to Peak This Weekend
Find out how to see the most meteors despite full moon's glare.
Peaking late Friday through early Saturday, this year's cosmic fireworks will be somewhat dampened by the glare of a full moon. But the Perseids can still offer a crowd-pleasing sight for many people worldwide.
"The Perseids are almost always a really good show, with usually on average about 50 to 60 meteors an hour during the peak," said Jim Todd, staff astronomer and planetarium manager at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.
"This year, while the moon will wash out some of the more dim meteors, we should still get a good show with around 10 to 20 meteors an hour."
In general, meteors are produced when small dust grains from space impact Earth's atmosphere at high speeds.