The Perseid Meteor Shower -- often one of the year's best meteor showers -- arrives this month as Earth makes its annual pass through the debris left by the Swift-Tutle Comet.
The shower will peak August 12 at 1 pm. Since you can't see the fireballs during the day, the night before and after the peak are good viewing opportunities. The display often rains down 80-90 meteors per hour, making it one of the most active meteor showers you can see. (In an outburst year, like 2016, the Perseids can display an amazing 150-200 meteors an hour.)
Unfortunately, the moon will be three-quarters full at the peak. "Rates will be about half what they would be normally, because of the bright moonlight," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com. "Instead of 80 to 100, [there will be] 40 to 50 per hour. And that's just because the moon's going to wash out the fainter ones. ... The good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs; otherwise the moon would really mess with them."