Moon Outshines Meteor Shower

August 13, 2014

"We're basically at a full moon. We're at like 95 percent illumination."

Buddy Stark, planetarium coordinator at the Michigan Science Center.

Wednesday night may be your last chance to see the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. It's usually the most spectacular display of shooting stars every summer. But this year, the Perseids are harder to see because of the moon. Michigan Science Center planetarium coordinator Buddy Stark says the moonlight obscures all but the brightest meteors. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.

Here's more about the Perseid meteor shower from NPR