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

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The meteor shower will start near the sword in the constellation.

The "shooting stars" are generated when the meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at of 148,000mph, (238,000kph), burning up in streaking flashes of light which can be seen with the naked eye. The shower is called the Orionids because of where it appears in our sky.

The Orionid meteor shower visits Earth every year around this time, when Earth's orbit intersects with debris left by Halley's Comet.

To get the best view, you're supposed to lie flat on the ground and just stare up at the sky - so best to take some warm clothes and a cheeky hot chocolate with you.

"Nonetheless, tonight we have no bright moon to interfere with observations, so dedicated observers might want to try".

Star gazing requires clear skies and complete darkness for the most optimal results.

The website EarthSky.com says "you might reliably see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak". While it won't be as spectacular as the Perseid meteor shower was, it will still be an incredible event.

The shower is named after the constellation Orion since the meteors appear to radiate from Orion's sword in the east-southeast sky.

How can I see the Orionid Meteor Shower? A new moon means moonlight won't interfere with observing. To maximize your viewing experience, escape from light pollution and head to the great outdoors.

The best time to catch a glimpse of the shower will be on October 22 between midnight and dawn, when the shower will be at its brightest and the sky will be at its darkest.

When trying to observe the showers, always look towards the radiant (where the meteor originates), and a constellation chart can help determine this.

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