Possibly the best meteor shower this year will streak across the sky Saturday and Sunday nights.
A new moon on August 11, just night before the shower's peak, means that the moon won't be bright enough to wash out the meteors. The only concern for viewing is wildfire smoke is likely to stay parked over Montana through next week.
Although an occasional Perseid meteor might catch your attention shortly after evening twilight ends, the prime viewing hours are from about 11 p.m. until the first light of dawn.
Why does this occur every summer?
"Meteor showers like the Perseids are caused by streams of meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere", NASA said on Tumblr.
"Most of the meteors that we see are little tiny pieces of the comet that are about the size of a grain of sand".
The Perseid meteor shower will be particularly noticeable this year.
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To get the best view of the Perseids, find a region in the Northern hemisphere that has lower levels of light pollution.
Unfortunately the earth will pass through the thickest part of the dust field during the day on Friday and will not be visible but at night there will be enough debris to see the light show.
Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show.
You don't have to set an alarm to get up to see the stars, because from 10.30pm - long before the peak - there is also a very good chance of seeing the shower.
Here are 5 facts to know about what to expect and where in IL the meteor show can be seen. However, most like the Perseid, can only be seen under ideal conditions, which according to Blake, will take place August 10-14. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.
Bonus: There will be a new moon on August 11, a crescent, which will result in favorable viewing conditions.