Halley's Comet won't grace Earth's skies again until 2061, but its enormous cloud of debris arrives tonight in the form of dozens of shooting stars darting above the horizon.
The Orionid meteor shower occurs from the constellation Orion, lending the phenomenon its name.as the rocky particles break away from the comet and pass through Earth's upper atmosphere. The stunning show seemingly radiate
This year, the meteors will begin on October 2 and last until November 7, with the shower peaking on October 20 when up to 25 meteors per hour will streak through the skies. That Friday night is shaping up perfectly for viewers. The apex lasts into early Saturday morning, so early risers can go back to bed instead of running off to work. Even better, the will also set that evening for optimal viewing conditions, says Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.
To catch the most meteors, head outside after midnight, away from light pollution if possible. Then, settle in and wait. The Orionids move quickly but leave visible trails in the sky, so keep your eyes locked on wherever you spot movement, the advises.
Don't want to wait until the 20th? Stargazers should also mark their calendars for Sunday, October 8, when the celestial event overlaps with the peak of the for even more shooting stars. Don't forget to make a wish!