Experts at NASA say this year we could see double the meteors, which means double the excitement!
The Perseids, as you well know, are the result of ice dust left in space by the passing of Comet Swift-Tuttle - which orbits the sun about every 133 years. The reason they are called the Perseids is because they seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus.
Our planet Earth has been passing through the trail of the Swift-Tuttle Comet since July 17, and we're quickly approaching the densest area on the night of August 11.
Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, says that 160-200 per hour can be expected this year.
The peak hours for the meteor shower will be Friday night into Saturday morning.
This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be more of a downpour. That's twice as many meteors as a normal meteor shower! These interactions create bursts of light when the small pieces dissolve into our atmosphere, creating the perseid meteors you see!
For those whose view is obstructed by cloudy skies, NASA will live-stream the shower. Just get away from as much city light as you can (not too hard for us in Arizona!). NASA recommends staying up past midnight and allowing for your eyes to adjust to the dark for 45 minutes as you stare at the sky. You won't need to look in any particular direction: Just lie on your back and look straight up. At times multiple meteors would appear across the starry sky some so low that it lit up the ground around me.
The shower of shooting stars will hit its peak overnight between tonight, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday, but if you're lucky you could see it any night this week.