It means that because of the moonless sky we'll experience this weekend, the Perseid meteor shower will be quite the spectacle as it lights up the exceptionally dark skies.
In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity".
Because the moon reaches its new phase on August 11 - it will be just an early waxing crescent - and the shower's peak is in the early hours of August 13, the moonlight "shouldn't cause us any problems at all", said Chris Vessey, co-founder of Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown. However, it will not be visible in India.
Meteoroids start off as comets, which are chunks of ice that contain rock and dust.
The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. Some of the bigger debris even create fireballs.
Here are 5 facts to know about the Perseid meteor 2018. It averages about 60 meteors per hour. However, out of the two nights, the showers would be brighter on August 12-13.
This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.
Wichita is shaping up to be one of the best spots in the region to catch the best celestial show of the summer. It would be visible to the naked eye.
Get out of the city, away from street lights. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient.
"If you look at the radiant point you will see short meteor bursts whereas if you look a little bit off you'll see the longer trails as they hit our atmosphere".
The best bet would be to visit places that are neither too polluted and nor too populated.