What to expect from this year’s Orionid meteor shower

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Orionid meteor shower is scheduled to peak this week, but certain factors will impact this year’s event.

The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Orion. The Orionids, whose parent comet is Halley’s comet, features around 10 – 20 meteors per hour most years.

According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), the Orionids are set to peak late Wednesday evening and into early Thursday morning. The best time to watch the event is before dawn Thursday.

However, this year’s peak of the shower falls on the same night as the Full Hunter’s Moon. The moonlight may wash some of the meteors out.

For the best chance to see some meteors, try to find a dark area to view the event. Avoid light pollution and get away from city lights.

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