Spectacular Orionid meteor shower will be visible TONIGHT with up to 20 shooting stars every hour: Here's how to see it

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Stargazers are expecting to see a meteor shower peak this weekend, with dozens of shooting stars streaking across the sky as Earth passes through debris of Halley's Comet.

The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour.

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Tonight and throughout the rest of the weekend, the meteoroids from Halley's Comet will strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000km/h) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: 'The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely perfect conditions.

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'In reality, you'll see far fewer, because your local conditions are variously less than ideal, but Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky.'

The shower is active throughout October, but Kerss says the best time to see it will be on October 22 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest.

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It will also be visible tonight and the best time to catch it will be at around 1.30am.

To make sure you get the best view of the shower, get far away from light pollution – such as city lights.


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