The annual meteor shower began on July 17 but the astronomical display does not peak until tonight (Saturday August 12 into Sunday August 13).
As many as 80 meteors an hour will dash across the starry sky and, based on last years figures, this could even peak at 150 to 200 an hour.
What is the best time to watch the Perseids?
The meteor shower will peak tonight into the early hours of Sunday August 13.
Stargazers living in the Northern Hemisphere will have the best view, but those living south of the equator will still be able to catch a glimpse.
It might take some time for the shower to build in intensity, but the meteors will begin to break out mid-to-late evening north of the equator. To the south, this will start around midnight.
This year could be a bit tricky to see the Perseids because the moon will be three-quarters full during the peak, and its glow could somewhat impair the show.
But the moon will not fully rise until around 11pm on Saturday, giving viewers plenty of time to observe the dark skies.
Meteors will burst out from a single point in front of the Perseus constellation, five degrees east of the Double Cluster.
However once the appear, they will fly in every direction so there is no real need to search for their breakout point.
Remember that the meteors approach fast and enter the atmosphere at 133,200 mph.
The key to spotting the meteors is simply a bit of patience. Once you find a suitable location to watch them, it will take your eyes anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
Bear in mind that areas without urban light pollution, such as the countryside, are the most optimal for clear dark skies.
What are the Perseid meteors?
The Perseids are the meteors caused by a collection of space dust and debris left in the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Every year the Earth passes through this path, the debris slams into the upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 130,000 miles an hour (210,000 km)
Swift-Tuttle is a periodic comet that orbits the planet roughly every 133 years. The next time it crosses paths with Earth is estimated on August 5, 2126.
The comet boasts a gigantic 16 mile (26 km) wide nucleus and is the largest object in the solar system to repeatedly pass close to Earth.
Source : EXPRESS