Tonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting Stars

Orionid Meteor Shower in the night's sky

GETTYOrionids The Orionid Meteor Shower will be streamed live online

The meteors become visible when they collide with the Earth's atmosphere, about 100 kilometres up, at a speed of approximately 66 kilometres per second.

You'll see about 10-15 meteors per hour as little bits of Halley's Comet streak by during the Orionid shower.

The Orionids have been visible since October 2 but the shower is set to light up the sky this weekend. "This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs".

The Orionids are best viewed from a rural location away from any light pollution.

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

"But the anticipated rate of meteors is only a fraction of the popular summer meteor shower, the Perseids".

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

The meteor showers have previously offered more than 80 meteors per hour which have been visible with the naked eye but this year it is expected to be much less.

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It's advisable to take a trip out of your city to find somewhere more remote as this will prevent the experience from being ruined by artificial lights.

Over the years many people thought the arrival of Halley's Comet portended the end of the world. According to, it's best to head out at around 1:30 am and let your eyes adjust to the darkness for about 20 minutes. Look away from the constellation toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation.

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