"A year ago also saw an outburst of just over 200 meteors per hour". Large parks and areas in cities where streetlights are shielded by trees affer meteor-sighting opportunities as well, but you can see the brighter ones from nearly anywhere, including back yards.
One other factor that may put a damper on the meteoric action is the fact that the almost three-quarters-full moon, rising shortly before midnight, will outshine some of the smaller, thereby fainter, meteors.
However, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke believes the Perseids will be a little more hard to see than expected. Definitely still worth a jaunt outdoors and a look up. But the rate of meteor showers will remain strong after the peak, on Saturday night into Sunday.
When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky. The best part? All you need to do is lie on a blanket on your back and look straight up! NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky.
Here's a little information about the cosmic event.
We're closing in on that historic solar eclipse, just 10 days away, but another spectacular show in the cosmos will light up the night sky this weekend, providing a flashy opening act. This is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle.
Each shooting star is a piece of comet dust, burning up from friction as it hits Earth's atmosphere.
They got their name from their location, which is close to the constellation of Perseus, a Greek mythological hero who killed Medusa.
Every year as Earth orbits around the sun and through the wake of the Swift-Tuttle Comet, bits of debris from the 17-mile-wide icy space ball enter the Earth's atmosphere at 133,000 miles per hour, reaching temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees and creating the meteors stargazers see in the sky. In a normal year you might see 50-75 meteors per hour in a rural location.
According to the Singapore Science Centre, the highest rate of meteors usually occur between 2am to 5am.
Astronomer Caitlin Ahrens from the University of Arkansas reportedly described the upcoming meteor shower in an interview with Gizmodo. The celestial event with the falling bright shooting stars takes place every year, much to the excitement of astrophile.
Before you go, here are some fun facts from NASA.
A Perseid meteor trail.
The meteoroids travel at a speed of about 60km per second.