Warning - falling rocks!
The annual Perseid meteor shower (arguably the best meteor shower of the year) should be very good on the nights of August 10/11, 11/12, 12/13, and 13/14 -- especially after midnight (indeed, the predawn hours should yield the largest hourly rate). The peak is predicted to occur in the early morning of Thursday, August 13 (that is, midnight through predawn on Wednesday night, Aug. 12/13). The Moon will be a waning crescent, so it won't brighten the sky very much (New Moon will be on Aug. 14). The meteor shower occurs because Earth flies through debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, and the little bits of rock and ice will burn up as they zip through Earth's upper atmosphere (altitude about 60 miles) at nearly 130,000 miles/hour. ("Shooting stars" or "falling stars" are not stars at all, of course!)
I encourage you to view the meteor shower, for at least half an hour
(but an hour or longer is better). Try to get as far away from city
lights as possible. No binoculars or telescopes are needed; just
look at the sky with your unaided eyes from as dark a location as
possible. Let your eyes become dark-adapted so you can see fainter
meteors (this can take up to 15 minutes). Choose an open sky, without buildings or trees in the way. You can lie down on a blanket or a reclining lawn chairfor comfort, if you wish.
Looking anywhere in the sky is fine, but views to the northeast should
provide the most meteors. If you have dark, clear skies, you might see
a few dozen per hour (perhaps even one per minute, at the peak of the shower before dawn on Aug. 13). The meteor rate will be highest when viewed from the northern (not southern) hemisphere.
There are many useful references with additional information and
viewing tips, etc., if you Google "Perseid meteor shower 2015"; see,
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Good luck, and have fun!