METEORS come from the small particles, around the size of a grain of sand, left behind by comets (and some asteroids) as they orbit the sun.
The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".
"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.
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The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.
The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.
The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.
A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.
You can tell if a meteor is a Perseid by following its direction backwards and, if it's coming from the direction of Perseus, it's a Perseid.
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What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. One key tip is to try to get away from city lights.
During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.
The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.
Those bits of cosmic dust fall into our atmosphere, creating the bright streaks we see as meteors in the night sky.
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