Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through debris from comets and asteroids.
It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.
People can view the meteors streaming across the sky anywhere away from downtown Lawrence.
Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view.More news: Magic, Bulls, Jazz to play in Mexico City
This annual meteor shower comes as the earth moves through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. While the Perseid meteor shower will be visible on Saturday night, the real show comes on Sunday, with peak shooting star activity happening the night of August 12 to 13.
This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show.
2018's forecast is looking good: Predicted to peak between 4 p.m. EDT August 12 and 4 a.m. EDT August 13, eager skygazers should enjoy warm temperatures and a Moonless sky, with an estimated 80-90 meteors per hour appearing for those at dark sites.
But anyone deterred by the daunting hours will bee glad to know individual fireballs will start appear as early as 9pm local time when the skies are already darkened. If you want to see the meteors, you don't need a telescope.More news: Kanye couldn’t answer this question from Jimmy Kimmel about Trump
The Perseids' radiant is located near to their namesake Constellation Perseus.
The Perseid meteor shower is here!
Swift-Tuttle measures a massive 16 miles, and last passed by Earth in 1992.
Twarog warns that the meteors cross the sky fairly quickly. You can tell if a meteor is a Perseid by following its direction backwards and, if it's coming from the direction of Perseus, it's a Perseid.
If you're planning on watching the Perseid meteor shower, bear in mind that it will take at least 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.More news: Questions being raised about impact of West Nile Virus in Belmont County