Astronomers expect the annual Perseid meteor showers to produce a couple of shooting stars a minute if conditions are good Saturday and Sunday nights.
The showers will take place during a new moon, which should make them easier to see. They can be seen with the naked eye and are best seen away from city lights
The showers are caused by tiny particles hitting the earth's upper atmosphere at about 132-thousand miles per hour. Air friction vaporizes them into the white-hot streaks seen from the ground.
Advice for watchers: Lie down on a blanket or lawn chair and keep looking straight up.