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Orionid meteor shower 2017: Clear skies in Upstate NY for viewing

Orionid meteor shower 2017: Clear skies in Upstate NY for viewing

The Orionid meteor shower will sparkle the skies tonight and this is everything you need to know so you can catch the dazzling display.

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.

However, city lights always pose a problem, so if you live near town, hop in your auto and head out into the country.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak over the weekend and it looks like we should have great viewing conditions for it, especially tonight.

Space.com notes how, "The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".

Look with just your eyes; binoculars and telescopes limit your view.

According to NASA's Bill Cooke, you can also see pieces of the comet during Eta Aquarids in May. Image caption The meteors that form the Orionids are leftovers from Halley's Comet. the comet was last visible from Earth in 1986 and won't return until 2061!

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This year's Orionid meteor shower should be especially good because there will be little moonlight that could otherwise drown out the meteors.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, look up to find Orion's club above the star Betelgeuse.

The best time to see the Orionid meteor shower is around 1 or 2 a.m., local time, and meteors can typically be viewed until just before sunrise. At their most frequent, there should be about 20 to 25 meteors per hour.

Friday night, the sky is expected to light up again in a cosmic fireworks show as the Earth passes through a field of meteoroids.

The constellation Orion setting after dusk over the Vancouver skyline. After midnight, the constellation will be in the southeast sky.

Is this our best viewing chance?

Another bonus: Skywatchers across the highly populated eastern USA should have clear skies for viewing the Orionids, according to AccuWeather meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel.

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