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

Meteor shower

This year's shower will peak during the evening of October 21.

The sky will light up this weekend as the Orionid meteor shower peaks.

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This year the moon will be almost full, which will diminish some of the meteors.

The shower occurs every October when Earth passes through debris from Halley's Comet.

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The skies need to be clear too, with very little or no cloud cover. It takes the comet 76 years to orbit the sun, so it will enter Earth's atmosphere in 2061. This meteor shower will be visible from everywhere on planet Earth, and you can best spot meteors between midnight and dawn if you find Orion the Hunter in the sky and look slightly to the north of Orion's sword. The vaporizing bits of comet ice and dust originate from Halley's Comet and are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate (the constellation Orion).

Stargazers trying to view the Orionids while the moon is above the horizon should try to focus on an area of the sky away from the moon.

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"The moon will set around 5 a.m. local time [on Monday morning], leaving a couple of hours before dusk to view the shower without moonlight", Samuhel said.

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