Perseid meteors are already beginning to fall in a display that promises to dazzle skywatchers this month.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on the evening of Aug. 12, just four days after the new moon on Aug. 8, so dark skies should be quite favorable for the annual display, which is one of the most dependable displays of “shooting stars.” That’s in stark contrast to next August, when the meteors will coincide with a full moon.