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Dozens of shooting stars visible as Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Dozens of shooting stars visible as Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Keep an eye on the upcoming dates, and hope for the right conditions during the event. Are you ready for it?

Meteors in a shower all originate from the same place in the sky and generally fall parallel to one another.

But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in sight - the new moon was just on Thursday.

Don't worry too much if you don't get outside or Storm Brian is wreaking havoc where you live. The shower will be visible both Friday and Saturday night.

For best viewing, look towards the southern sky after 1:30 AM tonight.

The website EarthSky.com says "you might reliably see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak".

The Orionid meteors are debris from Halley's comet. Clear skies are in the forecast for the CSRA tonight and tomorrow night, so the view won't be blocked by clouds, plus it is a New Moon tonight, which means zero lunar light pollution.

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Earlier this month, stargazers were treated to the Draconid meteor shower, which peaked on Sunday, October 8.

Looking to the sky from Earth, the meteors appear to come from the direction of the Orion constellation, which is how they got their name.

This meteor shower will be best for night owls since the prime time viewing hours are from around 2 a.m.to just before sunrise. "Those in the city are most likely to only see the brighter meteors, not the fainter ones".

They travel at 148,000 miles per hour and leave a pretty cool fireball streak in the sky when you can see them that can be as bright as Venus.

Is this our best viewing chance?

Read tips from Seminole State College planetarium director Derek Demeter on how to make the most of your experience if you plan to visit the park for the meteor shower.

Another bonus: Skywatchers across the highly populated eastern USA should have clear skies for viewing the Orionids, according to AccuWeather meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel.

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