The Perseid meteor shower comes as Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, causing bright streaks that appear as though they're radiating from the constellation Perseus.
The best viewing conditions this weekend will likely be over the northern and central Great Plains as well as parts of the Midwest, where skies are expected to be generally clear.
"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement.
Experts are of the view that on an average around 100 meteors may be seen per hour.
Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch. If you're surrounded by street lights, the meteors you would normally have been able to see "you can't because the sky is so filled with light". "Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".
The Perseid meteors are so named because they look like they're radiating from the constellation Perseus. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. Allow your eyes some time to adjust.
The photographs show the meteors leaving a stream of bright lights in their wake as they break through the atmosphere.
The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.
Get out of the city, away from street lights.
A number of planets will also be highly visible.
"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower.
And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.