Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark thought the shower.
The name comes from fact that the meteors appear to shoot out from the Perseus constellation. It averages about 60 meteors per hour.
The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August.
Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, said: "The moon is very favourable 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". This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12. By night, most of any rain will exit with remnant cloud cover scattered around. The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle anticipates we will see as many as 100 "shooting stars" per hour.
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StormCenter 2 Severe Weather Specialist Brad Spakowitz says the meteors are remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Cooke said he's included to lean toward the second night, Sunday going into Monday for the peak viewing.
The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. The friction created as they pass through causes the air around the meteor to heat up, resulting in a brief and bright streak of light.
Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.
"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower.