You Can See A Stunning Meteor Shower From British Columbia Tonight

Steve Phelps
October 21, 2017

Shower and storm chances will continue into next work week with our best chances for storms and potentially some heavy rain moving through with the storm system Monday. Don't worry - Newsround's got you covered.

The meteors you see are particles that were shed by Comet 1P/Halley, which is known in popular culture as Halley's Comet.

Find a wide, open spot so you have a completely unobstructed view with no buildings or trees.

Meteors in a shower all originate from the same place in the sky and generally fall parallel to one another.

The Orionid shower occurs every year in October and is caused by debris from Halley's Comet coming into the Earth's atmosphere.

Image copyright Digital Vision. And this weekend we get to watch a meteor shower made up of some debris from Halley's Comet.

The Orionid meteor shower will sparkle the skies tonight and this is everything you need to know so you can catch the dazzling display. Reportedly, Astronomy programs co-ordinator Melissa Hulbert at the Sydney Observatory said that Sunday morning will be the best time to see the Orionid shower.

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The darker location you visit, the brighter the meteors will appear in the sky.

If you miss it tonight, you can try again in the wee hours of Sunday morning, and a few stray meteors might still be spotted as late as November 7.

It should be visible from anywhere on Earth, but a better shower will be seen in rural areas where there is less light pollution.

When there are numerous rocks at the same time, this is known as a meteor shower.

While falling Orionids will be visible to the naked eye from nearly anywhere in the country, stargazers are advised to steer clear of cities so as to escape light pollution for the best view of the dazzling display.

The more of the sky you can see, the better.

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