If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12.
"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement.
While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.
So when is the Perseid meteor shower?
If you are in a city, try to get somewhere at least somewhat sheltered from lights, maybe a park or backyard.
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.
Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak.
That's when the peak will start to build as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years.