Look up! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks August 12

Saturday, 12 Aug, 2017

"This is not much better than a full moon and will certainly pose a challenge in viewing the Perseids this year", said the International Meteor Organization.

He said that at the peak of the meteor shower at 1.30am on Sunday, one would be able to see between 80 and 100 meteors an hour.

You don't require a telescope or any special instrument as Perseid meteor shower will be visible to naked eye.

"The real trick is keeping your eyes glued to the sky", Berman said.

The peak time for the shower is expected on Friday and Saturday night, according to Space.com.

The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every year as Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind from the Comet Swift-Tuttle. This is where the radiant is, or the point in the sky where the meteors will appear to originate from.

The Perseid meteor shower as seen over the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank in 2015. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky. Though the meteors will appear to fall at about half the rate as prior years, viewers can still expect to see around 40 to 50 meteors per hour.

NASA's Danielle Moser composed this image of about 120 Perseid meteors taken by the Marshall Space Flight Center's All Sky Fireball Network station at Huntsville, Ala., on August 13, 2015. Perseid Meteor Shower is not the only exciting cosmic event in the month of August as there was also a Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and a coming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.

Officials say the annual sky event is the most popular, as it gives non-enthusiasts a chance to see them.

Scattered thunderstorms are possible in the D.C. area into Saturday evening, but there's a good chance they diminish and at least partial clearing begins after sunset.

If there is a full moon or a almost full moon, you may not see as many meteors. But then, you'll have a waning gibbous moon to wash some of them out as it gets toward midnight.

The Perseids are leftover debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which takes about 133 years to orbit the Sun. Yes, according to a viral story published online, the sky would be so brightly lit that there would be no night on Saturday.

So if you happen to be awake in the hours just before sunrise this weekend, head outside and see if you can spot the fiery show.