In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.
METEORS come from the small particles, around the size of a grain of sand, left behind by comets (and some asteroids) as they orbit the sun. Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly.
Even if you aren't an avid astronomer, you'll still have a great view.
According to NASA, the previous night (August 11-12) will also be spectacular.
The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.
The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.
If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.
This means the moon will set before the meteor showers stars.
They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.
If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn.
Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.
If you head out to a big open space with little light pollution you will have a better chance of seeing them.