Autumn weather is great for stargazing. Here's what you'll see this week

Posted October 21, 2017

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

The Orionid Meteor shower is caused by dust from the tail of Halley's Comet burning up in the Earth's atmosphere almost 60 miles above our heads.

It's advisable to take a trip out of your city to find somewhere more remote as this will prevent the experience from being ruined by artificial lights.

The sighting comes as astronomers prepare for the Orionid meteor shower.

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The Orionid meteor shower will light up the night sky tonight, October 20, and tomorrow night as Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley's Comet, according to NASA. Choosing an observation point that offers a panoramic view of the sky is a good idea.

If the skies are clear enough, you could witnesses up to 20 shooting stars an hour.

The best time to watch is just before dawn on Saturday, though if you watch between midnight and dawn on either Saturday or Sunday, you should get a good show. It produces some of the brightest meteors all year.

But in order to actually see the meteors, you're going to have to get away from light pollution.

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NYUP.com columnist and CNY Observers director Damian Allis said the best way to look at the shower is to "lie flat on the ground with your feet pointed towards Orion". However, they will appear to streak across the entire sky. If you are viewing from an area with a lot of artificial light, like Augusta, then light pollution will prevent you from seeing numerous meteors.

The meteor shower will be most active from 2am and 4am.

Grab some blankets and hot chocolate and look to the sky Friday and Saturday nights! "The best chance of seeing them will be in the early hours before dawn".

Cloudy skies will be rolling across the United States this weekend.

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