Orionid meteor shower: What is it and how can I see it?

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Plus, this meteor shower is great for amateurs star-watchers as you don't need telescopes to see them.

Meteoroids from Halley's Comet will strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye.

The eastern US will have the best weather on Friday night for viewing the shower with a large dome of high pressure promoting clear skies across the region, AccuWeather reports.

Dozens of shooting stars are expected to streak across the sky as Earth passes through debris of Halley's Comet.

WHERE AND WHEN TO LOOK: The best time to view the meteor shower is after midnight through the pre-dawn hours.

Space.com notes how, "The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".


But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in sight - the new moon was just on Thursday.

She told Broadsheet, "The Orionid meteor shower (which takes its names from the constellation Orion) will appear from October 2 to November 7 but will be the most prolific on October 21".

"But the anticipated rate of meteors is only a fraction of the popular summer meteor shower, the Perseids. The best time is in the wee hours of the morning towards the east and you can expect 15-20 meteors per hour", Hunt said.

Just make sure you have clear skies in your local forecast before heading out.

Darkness is key when trying to watch for meteors. A new moon means moonlight won't interfere with observing.

It's best to find a wide open space away from tall buildings or trees, and with as little light as possible. Look away from the constellation toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation.

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