Debris from Halley's Comet to spark Orionid meteor shower this weekend

Meteor shower

Space.com says the Orionid meteor shower will peak Sunday night into Monday morning, with the best visibility around 2 a.m.

Meanwhile, those in the Midwest and south-central US will be facing cloudy conditions on Sunday night that obscure the shower for most of the night.

However, you can go out on any clear night between now and November 7 to catch a few meteors.

"The Orionid meteors are debris left behind by Comet Halley, arguably the most famous of all comets".

The light pollution from the moon will make it harder to see some of the dimmer meteors, but you should still be able to catch some of the shooting stars with the naked eye.

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This debris vaporizes and glows bright as it enters the planet's atmosphere and sometimes leaves behind a trail of vapor or smoke that is visible for one of two seconds. This meteor shower will be visible from everywhere on planet Earth, and you can best spot meteors between midnight and dawn if you find Orion the Hunter in the sky and look slightly to the north of Orion's sword.

The meteors radiate from constellation Orion.

You may have spotted a meteor or two streaking across the sky this month, but the big show is coming this weekend.

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set.

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