Orionid meteor shower will reach its peak in Greece on Friday night

Cesar Mills
October 23, 2017

This year the moon headed into a New Moon phase as it hit, making for a great view of the shower.

NASA says that viewers can expect to see up to 20 meteors an hour during the peak of the shower.

Orionid meteor shower can be seen from anywhere on Earth and is visible anywhere across the sky.

Go outside, find a dark spot and look north-east near the constellation of Orion for the Orionids radiant.

A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning as people watching during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramon Carter near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, August 13, 2015. Many meteors will appear to come from the Orion constellation.

"Another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky".

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Thereafter you will need too look up for Orion's club if you live in the northern hemisphere, or look down if you live below the equator. The best time to view the Orionids is from around midnight to dawn.

The meteors will also burst out in all sorts of directions across the sky, so your safest bet is to simply lay back and patiently watch the dark night.

What makes the Orionids so special is where they come from.

What are the Orionid meteors?

Called the Orionid meteor shower, the debris passes Earth from October to mid-November - but this year it's most visible tonight from 2-5am.

The Orionids are tiny fragments of Halley's Comet, left behind when it swings past earth every 75 years or so. They're actually debris from the famous Halley's Comet.

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