"To be honest, it's not a good year" for the Perseids, said Robert Massey, acting executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London.
The Perseid meteors, shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, stage their show every August and are among the brightest of all shooting stars.
Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky. The moon will be waning and will still be about 80% of the brightness of the full moon. The total solar eclipse is just over a week away and in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday (tomorrow) August 12 there will be a meteor shower.
To avoid the moon's intrusion, Berman suggests looking for meteors before the 10:45 p.m. moonrise.
Visibility should still be very good the following night (12-13) but it is Friday night into Saturday morning at which it will be best. In general, NASA advises meteor watchers to give their eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to their dark to give themselves the best viewing chances. "And that's just because the moon's going to wash out the fainter ones". The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus, giving them their name.
The window for this year's shower began on July 17, but the meteors are expected to be most frequent from Friday through Sunday.
A special meteor shower that you should be able to see without any special equipment will light up the sky in a few days time. He further added, "The best Perseid performance of which we are aware occurred back in 1993 when the peak Perseid rate topped 300 meteors per hour".
The later you go out each night, the clearer the skies.
What's best 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.
Mostly cloudy today (perhaps partly cloudy for a bit) with scattered showers and thunderstorms starting to pop up around or shortly after lunchtime and becoming most numerous during the afternoon as a cold front approaches.
He noted that Comet SwiftTuttle is the source of Perseid as astronomers discovered that it leaves a river of dust around the sun as it approaches it every 130 years.