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Orionids Meteor Shower Will Hit Its Peak Over Our Skies Tonight

Orionids Meteor Shower Will Hit Its Peak Over Our Skies Tonight

If you've ever looked up at the night's sky and thought it was a little boring (you must not be able to see it properly because it's incredible), tonight is your night.

The Orionids Meteor Shower will hit its peak tonight over our skies, giving us a dazzling display of night action.

Every year, the shower lights up our sky between October 2 to November 7, however tonight is the night they apparently hit their peak, according to news.com.au.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences curator Dr Andrew Jacob told the site: "It is best to look for Orionid meteors from a dark site, away from any lights.

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"However, any dark urban park or a coastal site (a beach or headland) is good enough if you can't get away from the city."

"Meteor showers can be unpredictable. The number of individual meteors seen from hour to hour and each year varies.

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But that just makes the good ones all the better. Some are disappointingly faint.

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"But now and then a bright meteor zooms across the sky leaving a trail of hot, glowing air behind it. These ones make it all worthwhile!"

The best time to cast your head to the skies is a few hours before dawn when the moon's brightness is coming to an end and the sun hasn't popped up yet.

The Orionids Meteor Shower is the most prolific shower associated with Halley's Comet. In some years, up to 50 to 70 meteors can be seen every hour. While we're not promising anything of that scale, it certainly could happen.

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In 2016, there were around 10 to 20 every hour, but the biggest was in 2007 with 70 every hour.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.