Beyond the Weather: Orionid meteor shower

Tough to beat conditions like this for some autumn stargazing with the Big Dipper over Lake Washington and Orion rising over the Cascades

Expect to see about 15 meteors per hour at peak.

This is an annual meteor shower which peaks Saturday night and Sunday night. That will keep the marine layer away from the coast, making it easier to see the night sky.

The shower occurs every October when Earth passes through debris from Halley's Comet.

Accuweather's Dave Samuhel said in an article that the meteor shower is expected to be higher this year with 20 to 25 meteors per hour; however, moonlight could be an issue, as it is almost a full moon overnight.

The Orionids are remnants of Haley's Comet, one of the most famous comets, which last flew Earth in 1986.

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Binoculars and telescopes won't improve the view, because they are created to see more stationary objects in the sky.

After October 21, you still might see meteors until November 7.

"The shower is best viewed after midnight through dawn when Orion is highest in the sky", Samuhel said. It takes the comet 76 years to orbit the sun, so it will enter Earth's atmosphere in 2061.

The Orionids are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is near the constellation Orion.

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