Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

Orionid Meteor Shower 2017

According to NASA, the meteor shower - made up of debris from Halley's Comet - will be most visible the night of october 21 and the following morning.

And don't worry if you don't own a telescope - the shooting stars can be seen with the naked eye.

Orionid meteor shower 2017: What should you look out for?

The Orionid meteor shower is not the most prolific of the annual meteor showers (the more-prolific Perseids are more famous for a reason, and the Leonids have provided some of the most stunning shows in history).

Plan to stay up late though, as peak displays will hit between midnight and dawn each night. Regas says Orion's belt is easy to view in the sky because of the 3 closely spaced stars.

What is the best place to watch the Orionids meteor shower?

But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in sight - the new moon was just on Thursday. However, they will appear to streak across the entire sky. Look away from the constellation toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation.

Rick Saunders, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, suggested amateur astronomers head out into local wildlife areas.

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

Star gazing requires clear skies and complete darkness for the most optimal results. Travel as far away from the city lights as possible.

In non-scientific language, the best time to watch the Orionid meteor shower is between midnight and dawn on Friday or Saturday night. However, you don't want to focus on that spot in the sky since meteors close to the radiant tend to have short tails and are harder to see.

Once you are confident that you have located Orion's club, simply sit back and enjoy the show.