More than 100 shooting stars expected in weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", Cooke told Space.com.

Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although past year saw about 80 an hour. When the Earth's orbit crosses a trail of these particles they can collide with our atmosphere and burn up as shooting stars. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

The Perseids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere in the pre-dawn hours.

Individual Perseid meteors have already been spotted as early as July 16 but the best is yet to come this weekend.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening.

"Even in towns or cities observed rates may still be around 10 to 20 an hour in the early morning hours when the radiant is high".

Cooke says if you plan on watching the show, just relax, look up and enjoy the meteor show.

If you head out to a big open space with little light pollution you will have a better chance of seeing them.

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