Orionid meteor shower this weekend, will we see the show?

Tough to beat conditions like this for some autumn stargazing with the Big Dipper over Lake Washington and Orion rising over the Cascades

A meteor shower will appear at the end of this week. They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle.

However, it will be at its peak between October 21 to 22.

You may have spotted a meteor or two streaking across the sky this month, but the big show is coming this weekend.

The shower peaks on October 21, but the meteors may be visible as early as today after midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The shower occurs every October when Earth passes through debris from Halley's Comet. During its peak, there are 15 meteors per hour, lasting until dawn.


The Orionids are remnants of Haley's Comet, one of the most famous comets, which last flew Earth in 1986.

But until then, the Orionid meteor shower is the ideal way to catch a glimpse of the debris left by the famous space rock.

Space.com says the Orionid meteor shower will peak Sunday night into Monday morning, with the best visibility around 2 a.m.

To get the best view of the shower, you should avoid light pollution by getting away from city lights.

Binoculars and telescopes won't improve the view, because they are created to see more stationary objects in the sky.

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