Dozens of shooting stars visible as Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Posted October 21, 2017

The space show is called Orionids because it originates above the star constellation of Orion the Hunter.

Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth orbits through an area of space littered with debris from Halley's Comet, according to NASA.

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley's Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend.

'If you can fearless the cold, make a plan to stay out between midnight and 3am on Sunday morning to give yourself the best chance, and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head'.

The best way to locate the Orion constellation is to focus your eyes on the southwestern sky, where three bright stars in a straight line form Orion's belt.

If you want to try your hand at catching a few meteors with your camera, check out our night sky photography tips here.

Though the meteors will emanate from the eastern horizon, they will streak across the entire sky and will be visible from anywhere on Earth, according to NASA.

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October may be best known for pumpkins, fall weather and haunted houses, but the month is also prime time for meteor showers. "Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you might see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour".

Take time this weekend to find a spot under the open sky away from cities, artificial lights, and pollution.

If you're more of an early riser, Venus and Mars come up before sunrise.

To watch, look toward the constellation Orion, which rises in the east around 11 p.m.

Is this our best viewing chance? Melissa Hulbert said, "This year it's predicted to be at the lower end of the scale, around 20-30 meteors per hour".

When will the next meteor shower be?

Astronomers in the U.S. can look forward to clear skies in the southwestern and eastern parts of the country.