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Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend

Posted: 5:48 PM, Oct 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-19 23:09:10Z

If our night sky fascinates you, then you'll want to keep your eyes to the sky this weekend. Friday, Saturday and even Sunday night, you will have a chance to see the Orionid meteor shower. It is associated with the famous Halley's Comet and is actually debris left behind by the Comet. The Orionids got its name because it appears close to the constellation Orion.  

Very often, it’s clouds that block the view of a meteor shower, but this year it is the nearly full moon that might obscure your view. But don’t let that stop you from looking, and you will need to be stargazing to the south-southeast for this one.

The best time to watch this weekend will be from midnight to dawn. If you are an early morning riser, you have an even better opportunity to check it out since the moon sets between 3 to 4 a.m., which means you will have an hour or two for peak viewing before sunrise occurs. 
You are likely to see 15-20 meteors an hour from the Orionids. Have fun!