Orionid meteor shower peaks Oct. 20-22

An astronomer observes the night sky for Orionid Meteors at an observatory near the village of Avren, east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. AP Photo
An astronomer observes the night sky for Orionid Meteors at an observatory near the village of Avren, east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. AP Photo

The sky is set up to give you quite a show the next few nights. The Orionid meteor shower continues to peak Friday and Saturday, with as many as 20 meteors per hour, according to NASA.

You’ll be able to see them if you look toward the east at the northern shoulder of the constellation Orion, for which the shower is named. You will have to get away from city lights to get a good view. Science Alert says you should be able to see the Orionids all night Friday.

The meteors are debris from Halley’s comet, and “are known for being bright and quick,” NASA experts say. There is a chance of a “fireball,” which is a very bright meteor.

Though the shower’s peak times are this week, it actually continues through Nov. 14.

Read more about the Orionid meteor shower here. NASA provides more information here.

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