Meteor shower peaks this weekend over the Interior

If you head out late at night, the Moon should have set before the best part of the show-generally between midnight and sunrise, according to the American Meteor Society.

You'll see about 10-15 meteors per hour as little bits of Halley's Comet streak by during the Orionid shower.

If you're willing to forego some sleep, the sky will be putting on a show this weekend as the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak point of visibility.

If you'd like to see the meteor shower - provided we're blessed with clear skies - make sure you're far away from any light pollution and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark for about 20 minutes.

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).

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The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely ideal conditions.

Look up at the night sky this weekend and you'll find a dazzling sight: The Orionid meteor shower, which will be at peak visibility over the next few days. The comet is nowhere near, but, around this time every year, Earth is intersecting the comet's orbit.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation where the rocks appear to be coming fromHow can you watch a meteor shower? This year's shower should be aided by the lack of harsh moonlight.

The National Weather Service says the best time to watch in the Philadelphia area will be in the predawn hours Saturday.

Katherine Hunt, Planetarium Manager at Ingram Planetarium said the best chance to catch a glimpse of the shower is to look to the east early Saturday morning, before dawn.

  • Toni Ryan