"You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones.
While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.
That's way more than on a typical night, when just a handful of meteors per hour whiz by, according to NASA.
The annual Perseid meteor shower happens when the Earth sweeps through dust that's left behind by a comet swift-tunnel, according to University of Manitoba instructor Danielle Pahud. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago. There are some comets astronomers have been studying for years and they know they have large clumps along the orbit as opposed to a stream of particles. As the cosmic junk - many the size of a grain of sand - enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky.
Our planet will plough through the densest and dustiest part of the trail this weekend.
Saturday and Sunday night, August 11th and 12th, mark the peak of the meteor shower that is already going on.
Your rooftop may not be the best solution, especially if you're in downtown (you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible).
For skywatchers in the northern hemisphere, experts recommend watching for the meteor shower after 10 pm local time, but it will be at its best during the early hours of dawn.
Plus, it's good to give your eyes time to adjust; your peepers can take around 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.
-Ditch the binoculars and telescope. Fewer but longer-tailed meteors are commonly seen skipping across the Earth's atmosphere when looking toward the southern sky.
-Photographers planning to snap nighttime shots should set up their camera on a tripod.
Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear".