How to Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower This Weekend

The stunning sights are the result of the debris of the famous Halley's Comet - as the Earth moves through the leftovers, they shine bright in the sky and can be visible along the ground.

What causes the Orionid meteor shower? .

The Orionid meteor shower will sparkle the skies tonight and this is everything you need to know so you can catch the dazzling display.

This year the moon is headed into a New Moon phase as the shower hits, meaning stargazers are in for a great view of the shower. The fact that we've recently had a New Moon also means that there's less light pollution to content with.

Away from city lights is ideally where you want to be to see more meteors. Orionid meteors are visible from anywhere on Earth.

"Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, the source of the Orionids", Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says in a media release. "Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you might see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour".

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When trying to observe the showers, always look towards the radiant (where the meteor originates), and a constellation chart can help determine this.

If the skies are clear enough, you could witnesses up to 20 shooting stars an hour.

Rick Saunders, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, suggested amateur astronomers head out into local wildlife areas. Comets at that point tend to have smaller tails and can be harder to see.

However, city lights always pose a problem, so if you live near town, hop in your vehicle and head out into the country.

For the best results, get up early and watch the shower in the darkest hours before dawn - but keep in mind to give your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the dark.

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