How to see the Orionid meteor shower

An Orionid meteor streaking across the sky

Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth orbits through an area of space littered with debris from Halley's Comet, according to NASA.

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

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

Fortunately, strong moonlight will not interfere with this year's show.

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The best night to view the meteor shower in Mid-Missouri is Thursday night since we will have mostly clear skies and above normal temperatures in the 50s.

"As with observing any meteor shower, get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky".

"Nonetheless, tonight we have no bright moon to interfere with observations, so dedicated observers might want to try".

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 flawless conditions.

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The best place to see the Orionid meteor shower (or any meteor shower for that matter), is somewhere dark, away from light pollution, and with the Moon out of your line of sight. They are visible to the naked eye and can be seen anywhere in the world. And what's your best chance of seeing it?

Over the years many people thought the arrival of Halley's Comet portended the end of the world.

October may be best known for pumpkins, fall weather and haunted houses, but the month is also prime time for meteor showers.

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

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