The Perseid meteor shower will peak during the overnight hours between August 11 and August 12, according to Forbes. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. During outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.
So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. "This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation", McClure said.
Pull up a chair and enjoy this years edition of the Perseid Meteor Shower.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, according to the American Meteor Society. Every summer the Perseid Meteor Shower happens between July 17 through August 24.
In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danae, according to Earthsky.
But don't worry. The Comet Swift-Tuttle isn't going to crash into the Earth any time soon, if at all, NASA says.
No special equipment is needed to view the shower. "So don't rush the process".