The Orionid meteor shower will be visible Monday and Tuesday nights.
“There’s no year better for the Orionids than this one,” said astronomer Bob Berman of the astronomy website Slooh.
The Orionids get their name because they seem to come from the constellation Orion the Hunter, though the meteors usually can be seen over much of the night sky.
The actual comet can be seen only every 75 years or so — the next sighting is in 2062 — but this meteor shower is viewable every year around this time.
To see the meteors, look to the east and southeast sky between midnight and dawn. Find a place away from lights so your eyes can adapt to the darkness. That can take up to 20 minutes.
|Viewing conditions for the Orionid meteor shower.(Photo: AccuWeather)|