The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour, peaking on Sunday, and setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.
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.
Meteors are parts of rock and dust that hit the Earth's atmosphere, heat up and glow.
The Perseid meteor showers are one of the most consistent meteor showers, occurring year after year.
The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.
The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light. Conditions have been helped by a new Moon which will make the sky even darker, just give yourself 10-20 minutes for your eyes to adjust.
The Perseid meteor shower, considered to be the best astronomical event of the year, happens when the Earth orbits through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.
The best way to catch the shower is by travelling out of the city (if you aren't already) to a quiet spot not affected by light pollution. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky!
And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. There is also a parade of planets visible!
The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.