Of course most everyone knows that "shooting stars" are really just meteors flying across the night sky but we also know that seeing one is rare. Not tonight. Tonight will be one of the best chances to see what is being called the best Perseids shower in a very long time. In fact there will be nearly double the amount as in a usual shower. There should be about 200 meteors per hour!

So what is a Pereideid shower? I asked the same thing myself and according to  Wikipedia, "The Perseids /ˈpərsɪdz/ are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids are so called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. The name derives in part from the word Perseides (Περσείδες), a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus."

The other good news is it should't be quite as cloudy tonight as the next few nights so you really have a good chance of enjoying "nature's show", enjoy!