The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12, into the wee hours of the morning on August 13.
The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.
But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? Here are the peak times to see the meteor shower in your area. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America. During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors.
What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.
The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors.
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Depending on when you decide to watch, you'll have a chance to see something different. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead". Stargazers won't need to look at any particular point in the sky to catch a glimpse of a shooting meteor.
If people know where Cassiopeia - a W-shaped constellation in the northeast sky - is located, they can find the Perseid meteors just below it beginning about 11 p.m. Saturday night.
Remember it takes your eyes about 30 minutes to fully adjust to the dark, and don't worry about acquiring any fancy equipment - you'll be able to see everything easily with the naked eye, especially if you can get out of the city and away from the smog and light pollution.
It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.
"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views.