Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

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This event happens every year as the Earth moves through a debris field from Halley's Comet. City lights "pollute" your view.

The sighting comes as astronomers prepare for the Orionid meteor shower.

NASA describes it as "one of the most handsome showers of the year" and it will peak between Friday night and Sunday.

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

"There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded".

The Geminids will rain down on December 13th, when viewers will see up to 120 multi-colored meteors per hour.

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.

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If you miss this shower, however, don't worry - the Leonids meteor shower will peak from midnight to dawn on November 18, according to NASA. The best chance you're going to get is when the planet is in opposition.

To watch, look toward the constellation Orion, which rises in the east around 11 p.m.

The more of the sky you can see, the better.

Known as the "Orionid" meteor shower, it takes place between October 20th to October 22nd.

Oh.and get wishing for some clear skies, of course. Any shooting stars you see originating from that direction are likely to be part of the Orionid meteor shower.

Clear skies are also expected across much of the southwestern U.S., while clouds create issues for those trying to view the shower in the northwestern and central U.S., AccuWeather said.

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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