The Perseid's shooting stars are caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet (Photo: Shutterstock)What are the Perseids? So you can definitely catch them in advance.
With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.
Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.
"The Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower because they're a summer watching event when people are often more relaxed, kids don't have to be up early for school, and the weather is so much more accommodating than in the colder fall or winter months", Dr. Jacqueline Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, tells TIME.
The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.
This means the moon will set before the meteor showers stars.
If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.
"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show!
The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.
If you are in a city, try to get somewhere at least somewhat sheltered from lights, maybe a park or backyard.
The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.
During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.