Stunning Perseid Meteor Shower to Peak on August 12

The moon, which will be three-quarters full at the time of the peak, will rise around 11 p.m., meaning the spectacle will be more hard to see, according to

Meteor showers result from the earth moving through space dust. When the Earth passes through that trail, every August, that debris enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up creating the comets and putting on a show. However, when it is scheduled to return however in 2126, after swinging out past Pluto in a 134-year orbit, it is expected to come much closer to Earth.

"It's a good time to grab the kids and the grandkids...get out of the way of the city a bit and catch the meteors", Henderson said. "It's a shooting star!"

The Perseid meteor shower originates from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. However, this year the summertime meteor shower coincides with the nearly full moon (it was full August 7 and is now a bright, waning gibbous this weekend), which could impact seeing as many shooting stars. It really depends on the size of the particles of debris.

The Perseids will have the biggest peak around pre-dawn Saturday but the shower will still be able to be spotted by stargazers Saturday night.

The skies this weekend will be filled with a natural wonder - just look up!

Q What are the details of the event you're hosting? The comet that is responsible for the Perseids has been described by some astronomers as the "single most unsafe object known to humanity". "No such thing is going to happen", Cooke says. With up to 200 meteors recorded per hour, scientists called 2016's shower an outburst. Give yourself time to let your eyes get adapted. At best they can burst and drop up to a few hundred in an hour. Plus, the moon is still quite bright, coming out of full moon August 7th.

There will also be a good chance to spot meteors on Friday, August 11 and Monday, August 14. According to Sky and Telescope magazine, the brightness of the sky overhead at full moon away from an urban center can be the same as an urban center on a moonless night.

With cloud coverage expected to top 90 percent tonight, viewing opportunities for the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower - annually one of the brightest shows of shooting stars - could be practically nil across Pennsylvania. Peak temperatures can reach anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit as they speed across the sky.

Q When does it start and is there a cost? The event is free, suitable for all ages, and reservations are not required.

They're not allowed to camp or pitch tents but they are allowed to stay on the beach.

This year, we're expecting a serious show.

A It is not.

Some however will be more impressive if they are larger than a grape, as they will produce a fireball, often accompanied by an afterglow known as a "meteor train" - a column of ionised gas which fades from view as it loses energy.

To view it, you don't need any professional equipment.

Vanessa Coleman