Don't miss the meteor shower

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.

In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.

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 annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

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There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display.

The best place to view the meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, during the pre-dawn hours.

Perhaps you might remember an incredible meteor show back in the early 1990s? Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights.

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