“Here’s something to think about," said Cooke, channeling a college freshman who just took their first class on space. "The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago. And they’ve traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth’s atmosphere.”
NASA will livestream the meteor shower for those of you who fear the outside world or live in an area with too much light pollution. The stream will start at 10pm ET on August 11 and August 12.
Pro tip: lying on the ground and looking straight up will make you feel like you're in a coming-of-age film, but it's actually not the best way to watch a meteor shower. "Unfortunately the column of air directly above you is the thinnest slice of atmosphere," writes Robert Lunsford at the American Meteor Society blog, "therefore producing the least number of meteors. You are better off centering your field of view at approximately one-half the way up in the sky, high enough to avoid anything that may block your view."