Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. 11 and it will continue through the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. But more importantly, unlike the last few years, this year's Perseids happen during a new moon.
The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA.
Will you be watching the meteor shower? 2016 was an outburst year, which means the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. We've talked about the Perseid's before, so why am I talking about them again? "This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation", McClure said.
But don't worry. The Comet Swift-Tuttle isn't going to crash into the Earth any time soon, if at all, NASA says. Find a spot where you can lay back and comfortably observe as much of the sky as possible.
Where Does The Perseid Meteor Shower Come From? It's just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation.
NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and 12-13.
In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danae, according to Earthsky. This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.