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The Orionids are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is near the constellation Orion, Space.com explained.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak over the weekend and it looks like we should have great viewing conditions for it, especially tonight.

Be sure to look up at the night sky this weekend as the Orionid Meteor Shower will peak between October 20 and 22. This meteor shower is famous because it derives from material trailing behind the best-known comet, Comet 1P/Halley. However, you don't want to focus on that spot in the sky since meteors close to the radiant tend to have short tails and are harder to see.

The celestial light display is thanks to debris falling from the orbit of Haley's Comet, as it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

For the best results, get up early and watch the shower in the darkest hours before dawn - but do not forget to give your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the dark. "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.

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"If you can get away from city lights tonight, our weather should cooperate for watching these meteors".

Nasa describe the space-show as "one of the most attractive meteor showers of the year". We will get to witness 20 to 80 meteors per hour, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. To find Orion, look for Sirius, the sky's brightest star. And what's your best chance of seeing it? However, they will appear to streak across the entire sky. Be patient since sometimes meteors come in spurts.

You'll be able to spot them clearly in the eastern sky just above the horizon.

Clear skies are also expected across much of the southwestern U.S., while clouds create issues for those trying to view the shower in the northwestern and central U.S., AccuWeather said.


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