This weekend, the night sky above Colorado will be filled with the Orionid meteor shower, which will send roughly 10 to 20 meteors an hour sailing across the night sky.

According to Storm Shield meteorologist, Jason Meyers, if you want to get the best view possible, you’ll want to head somewhere away from light pollution and be on the lookout during the early morning – when the sky is the darkest. This meteor shower also happens to coincide with the new moon, which happened on Oct. 19, meaning the show will be especially visible, given that Friday and Saturday night are clear.

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The Orionid meteor shower gets its name from the well-known Orion constellation, marked by the highly recognizable three-star belt formation, as this is where the meteors originate. It’s also worth noting that the meteors were once part of Halley’s Comet, which is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2061.

The Orionid meteor shower is an annual occurrence, happening late in October each year and at times showing as many as 50-70 meteors per hour.

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