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Louis area rated "fair" viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

Louis area rated

The latest spectacular astronomical event is set to reach its peak in the coming days when debris from Halleys Comet will be spotted in the night sky.

A meteor shower will appear at the end of this week.

With the visibility of about 15-20 meteors per hour, there will be a couple of factors that might make the viewing a little hard.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) says the Orionid Meteor Shower "is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe".

This meteor shower will be visible from everywhere on planet Earth, and you can best spot meteors between midnight and dawn if you find Orion the Hunter in the sky and look slightly to the north of Orion's sword. Within 30 minutes, your eyes will adapt to the darkness and you'll be able to do some stargazing.

Avoid looking at light sources, such as cellphone screens.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs.

The Orionids originate from Halley's comet, which was last seen on Earth in 1986.



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