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How to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower early Saturday morning

21 October 2017, 12:26 | Brenda Erickson

GETTYOrionid Meteor Shower 2017 The Orionids will reach the Earth this weekend

Orionid Meteor Shower 2017

But what are shooting stars?

While the meteor shower occurs every year, Halley's Comet itself is only visible from Earth every 75 years.

Nasa describe the space-show as "one of the most handsome meteor showers of the year".

"If you can fearless the cold, make a plan to stay out between midnight and 3am on Sunday morning to give yourself the best chance, and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head".

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

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We'll still see mostly clear skies tonight along with mild temps and just a few thin clouds.

The Orionids are meteors that originate from the dust left behind by Halley's Comet.

The constellation Orion setting after dusk over the Vancouver skyline.

"That's why they are called Orionids", Mr Jedicke added. Look away from the constellation toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation. In the southern hemisphere Orion stands on his head, so you will have to look down. There could be as many as 10-15 meteors per hour.

"Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east".

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And, if you're out with your camera this weekend, feel free to send in your photos of shooting start - if you're quick enough to catch them that is!

So find a dark spot, bring out your blankets and enjoy one of Mother Nature's best light shows. Travel as far away from the city lights as possible.

Meteor showers can be spectacular to observe and, thankfully for amateur astronomers, often can be predictable.

He told Express.co.uk: "The best place around in my opinion would be the Fingal Wildlife Area, which is where our observatory is".

Shower and storm chances will continue into next work week with our best chances for storms and potentially some heavy rain moving through with the storm system Monday.

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Astronomers in the United States can look forward to clear skies in the southwestern and eastern parts of the country.



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