Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

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 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. However, this year there will be a New Moon the night before the meteor shower peaks, making an appearance just after sunset as a thin crescent, according to The Weather Network.

You won't have to worry about one bonking you on the head - most of the meteors in the Perseid shower are far too small for that.

Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers).

Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and USA should be golden. Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Perhaps you might remember an awesome meteor show back in the early 1990s? As the cosmic junk - many the size of a grain of sand - enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky.

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

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.