Perseid takes its name from its origin in the constellation Perseus, the mythological Greek hero born from a shower of heavenly gold. In the case of the Perseid meteor shower, that "heavenly gold" comes from dust grains zipping across the sky, sourcing from the Swift-Tuttle Comet, which circles the sun once every 133 years.
“Get out of the city and the lights to give yourself a chance to see them,” said Astronomy magazine's Michael Bakich. "There will be a dozen 'ooh' moments in that hour. Ones where everyone will say, 'Did you see that?'"
The best viewing, according to Bakich should come after the half-full moon sets at 1 a.m.