As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids. However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an unbelievable light show. Three years later, an Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaperelli identified the comet as the origin of the Perseid meteor shower. While the Perseid meteor shower will be visible on Saturday night, the real show comes on Sunday, with peak shooting star activity happening the night of August 12 to 13.
Twarog describes the Perseid meteor shower as "spectacular", however he doesn't get too excited about the event. However, just like people, each year's meteor shower exhibits its own personality. Annual meteor showers are created when Earth's orbit around the sun intersects with the wake of a comet's orbit, and debris thrown off from the tail hits our atmosphere and burns up upon entry.
When observed from the Earth the meteors only appear to be bursting out from the constellation but in reality the Perseus has no bearing on the Swift-Tuttle debris. You can tune in at any time to watch the show, and the last four hours of the stream will remain archived and viewable after the broadcast is complete.
But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? These internationally recognized areas possess an exceptional quality of starry nights, making them ideal for shows like this one.
The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126.
Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, NASA said.
This happens because all meteors associated with the Perseid shower radiate from one point in the sky, known as the radiant.
Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.
Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.
The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.
All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards. Planets like Mars and Saturn will also be visible during this time, until about 4 a.m. local time for the Red Planet and 2 a.m. local time for Saturn.
Perseids radiate from and are named after an upside down "V" shaped constellation called Perseus.