Tonight Is the Best Night of the Year to See Shooting Stars

Orionid Meteor Shower Brings Some Pretty Spectacular Photos - The Huffington Post Australia

NASA astronomers say the shower should be visible on Saturday, with the best viewing between midnight and dawn, from anywhere on earth.

Wellingtonian Reef Stewart caught a glimpse of the meteor shower from "probably the best spot in New Zealand" - Red Rocks.

The Orionid meteor shower is a scientific phenomenon which occurs every October.

Tonight, the evening of October 20 (into the morning hours of October 21) is predicted to be the best night to see the 2017 Orionid meteor shower in the U.S. As luck would have it, it'll also be one of the darkest nights of the month, falling just after the new moon.

On a dark and moonless night, the Orionids produce as many as 10 to 20 bursts every hour. The peak for 2017 would be at the smaller end of scale, echoing the peaks of 2016 and years before, predicted Cooke.

A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning as people watching during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramon Carter near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, August 13, 2015.

Called the Orionid meteor shower, the debris passes Earth from October to mid-November - but this year it's most visible tonight from 2-5am.

The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Orion, hence the name "Orionids". If you spot the Orion constellation, the meteor shower's point of origin will be near the Orion sword, slightly north of his left shoulder (the star Betelgeuse). The best place to view the event clearly could be a place away from city lights.

Lie back and use only your eyes to watch the sky. They are fast and sometimes bright with some trains. The meteors heat up due to the friction from air resistance, creating a bright, fiery trail commonly referred to as a shooting star.

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