How to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower this weekend

By Julie Gargotta, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017, 5:21 PM EDT

This weekend, all eyes will be to the skies, as the Orionid Meteor Shower puts on a show.

  • Peak viewing for the Orionid Meteor Shower this weekend
  • Meteors thought to be debris remnants of Halley's Comet
  • Expect to see them in the pre-dawn hours

This is peak time for the yearly meteor shower.

NASA says the Orionids are named because they seem to originate from near the Orion constellation.

Astronomers also believe the meteor shower comes from the debris remnants of the tail of Halley's Comet.

Scientists with NASA's Night Sky Network say the best chance to see the shower will be between midnight and dawn Saturday, though you might see meteors at any time between now and Oct. 22.

The best advice for optimal viewing? Get to a dark place, away from city light, in the pre-dawn hours.

According to NASA's Jane Houston Jones, you'll want to look near the constellation Orion's club in order to see the 10 to 20 meteors per hour.

Unlike one of our last big celestial events, the solar eclipse, no special glasses are required to partake. You shouldn't even need binoculars or a telescope. 

Our meteorologists say this weekend we're looking at partly cloudy skies at night, with better chances to see the meteors in the counties west of the Atlantic coast.