Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

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The Orionids are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is near the constellation Orion, Space.com explained.

Halley's Comet - also known as Comet 1P/Halley - shoots past the Earth every 75 years but we collide with its debris twice a year.

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

Turn off Netflix this weekend and head outdoors to watch the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower instead.

The shower is visible throughout October, but is expected to reach its peak on Saturday night into Sunday morning, when the new crescent moon sets before the Earth's rotation brings the meteors up from the east.

"The Orionids are popular among stargazers because all of its individual shooting stars are fragments of the most famous comet of all time, Halley's Comet", Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said.

The best time to spot the meteors is right before dawn, so you might need to get up early and wrap up warm for the best view. "Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you might see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour". The key to viewing meteor showers is patience.

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I love putting on a coat, lighting up a bonfire and enjoying the night sky with a cup of something hot - cider or otherwise.

The constellation Orion setting after dusk over the Vancouver skyline.

The clearest skies will be around 3am in Eastern parts of England, as well as the southeast, Lincolnshire and the Midlands.

No. Viewing will be best with the naked eye.

With around 20 meteors zooming through the skies each hour, going at speeds of 148,000 miles per hour, the Orionids are one of the most impressive events in the sky's calendar.

There will be clear skies in SC and throughout the eastern USA which will provide excellent viewing conditions.

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