As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids. During that optimum period you could see between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.
"If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards".
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years. However, just like people, each year's meteor shower exhibits its own personality.
The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located.
Star chart for Winnipeg at midnight on Saturday, August 11th.
Perseids swiftly move across the sky at a speed of almost 40 miles per second.
How fiery and bright the show might be depends on how the dust and particles are distributed along the orbit. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.
The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station.
The last time Swift-Tuttle passed near Earth was in 1992.
The annual Perseid shower starts around mid-July when the Earth approaches the rubble-filled path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
I'm often asked what part of the sky is best to watch.
Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there's clear weather. As the cosmic junk - many the size of a grain of sand - enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky. Get away from the city and find a place far away from any town or ball parks with lights. Getting cozy in a sleeping bag or on a camping-type sleeping pad will keep you warm and put your body in the best position for looking straight up at the sky.
Plan on spending a few hours outside? So pack your blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray, folks.