And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to flawless this year. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.
According to NASA, the previous night (August 11-12) will also be spectacular.
The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).
This year the meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12, going into August 13.More news: Jarrod Lyle dead at 36
The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release. A sun lounger, or deckchair, will let you relax and look up without craning your neck.
The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.
During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast. These internationally recognized areas possess an exceptional quality of starry nights, making them ideal for shows like this one.
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.More news: Breast-Feeding Tips For New Moms..
According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although past year saw about 80 an hour.
What do I need to see them?And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.
Patience is also a virtue, with shooting stars tending to appear in clusters, followed by a lull.
As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky.More news: Israel's killing of a Gaza teen focus of dailies — Newspaper Review