The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up.
The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views. The comet is the largest object known to repeatedly careen by earth, with a nucleus of 16 miles wide.
So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching.
The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.
The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in early-to-late August. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.
Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see?
The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.
Patience is also a virtue, with shooting stars tending to appear in clusters, followed by a lull.
Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 p.m.to Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless.
The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. For these extra sparkly Perseid years, you can thank one of our obtrusive cosmic neighbors: Jupiter.
As long as they are not obscured by skies, all you need to do is find a big open space with minimal light pollution.
While stars and star clusters are Twarog's specialty, he said he appreciates how the meteor showers light up the summer sky and anyone can appreciate the celestial wonder.