Orionids meteor shower set to peak over the weekend

Orionid meteor shower peaks this week

Plan to stay up late though, as peak displays will hit between midnight and dawn each night.

You'll see about 10-15 meteors per hour as little bits of Halley's Comet streak by during the Orionid shower.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak over the weekend and it looks like we should have great viewing conditions for it, especially tonight.

The particles come from Halley's Comet, which passes near Earth every 75 or 76 years.

Away from city lights is ideally where you want to be to see more meteors.

No. We now have a "new moon" which means it's not adding any light to the sky.

The meteors get their name from this constellation, because they originate near it; however, they can be seen across the entire sky.

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However, the shower will be active throughout the month.

The meteor showers have previously offered more than 80 meteors per hour which have been visible with the naked eye but this year it is expected to be much less. Every October they become visible for several nights when the Earth intersects Halley's orbit.

If you miss it tonight, you can try again in the wee hours of Sunday morning, and a few stray meteors might still be spotted as late as November 7.

Star gazing requires clear skies and complete darkness for the most optimal results. The meteors themselves don't really show up until they have moved roughly 30 degrees from the radiant point.

The meteor shower, known as the Orionids, appear each year.

In non-scientific language, the best time to watch the Orionid meteor shower is between midnight and dawn on Friday or Saturday night.

However, city lights always pose a problem, so if you live near town, hop in your auto and head out into the country.

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