Beyond the Weather: Orionid meteor shower


The Orionids meteor shower is one of the most reliable and visible showers of the year, along with the Perseids which occurred in August this year.

This is an annual meteor shower which peaks Saturday night and Sunday night.

For the Orionid shower, the debris you can see is actually pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley's comet.

The latest spectacular astronomical event is set to reach its peak in the coming days when debris from Halleys Comet will be spotted in the night sky.

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You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that's still ongoing.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told that the moon may wash some meteors out, but about 15-20 should be visible per hour. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

To get the best chance of seeing the spectacular, keep away from light pollution.

Look at the entire sky. As they burn up the particles appear as shooting stars, creating bright streaks in the sky.