However, according to NASA, the night before August 11-12, will also be stunning. While the giant planet never passes directly through Comet Swift-Tuttle's dusty remains like the Earth does, Jupiter is so massive that even coming within a few hundred million miles of the dust cloud is close enough to alter the cloud's path.
The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors.
The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located. The meteor shower occurs every year when Earth moves through the trail of its orbit.
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).
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"It will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.
Why is it considered the best of the year?
Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.
This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year. For these extra sparkly Perseid years, you can thank one of our obtrusive cosmic neighbors: Jupiter. "You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video.
If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online. For the best viewing, make sure you get away from city lights.