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Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

21 October 2018, 04:54 | Ross Houston

Annual Geminid meteor shower to light-up Metro Vancouver Sky tonight

Annual Geminid meteor shower to light-up Metro Vancouver Sky tonight

If you miss the peak, you can also be on the lookout for the shower between October 15 and 29, but the meteors may not be as frequent.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak Saturday night and Sunday morning (October 20 & 21).

During its peak, people will be able to see up to 20 meteors per hour from the Comet Halley.

The Orionids meteor shower occurs in the autumn months every year.

This year the moon will be almost full, which will diminish some of the meteors.

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Many people heading out to spot some shooting stars this weekend are in luck as mainly clear conditions are on tap for a large area of North America on Sunday night.

This debris vaporizes and glows bright as it enters the planet's atmosphere and sometimes leaves behind a trail of vapor or smoke that is visible for one of two seconds.

To get the best chance of seeing the spectacular, keep away from light pollution. The vaporizing bits of comet ice and dust originate from Halley's Comet and are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate (the constellation Orion).

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set.

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

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