When can I see the lovely Orionid meteor shower this weekend?

Milky Way and Meteor from Roa Island GRAHAM KIDD

From a dark site, you might see a maximum of about 10 to 15 meteors per hour, said Bruce McClure of EarthSky. We start to see Orionid meteors during late October when Earth moves into the debris path of the Halley comet.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak early in the morning Saturday October 21.

To make it easier for the public to observe both the planet and the meteor shower, the museum said, it will allow exclusive access for the public to its high-power telescope between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. This weekend brings forth the peak of the Orionid meteor shower, which is known to generate the brightest and fastest meteors throughout the year - roughly 80 meteors per hour to be exact. After a comet has made numerous trips around the Sun, its orbit can fill up with dusty debris, like a river of dust particles in space.

If the meteors originate from Halley's, why are they called the Orionids?

This year will be a particularly good year for viewing the Orionids since the peak of the shower falls just days after the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution for the shower to compete with, AccuWeather said.

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The eastern USA will have the best weather on Friday night for viewing the shower with a large dome of high pressure promoting clear skies across the region, AccuWeather reports.

Although the meteors can appear in any part of the sky, they seem to come from the constellation of Orion, hence their name. Temperatures are also on the mild side.

However, weather conditions in the greater Taipei area are forecast to be less stable tomorrow night, and there could be clear skies, clouds or showers, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

If you miss this shower, you can still catch the Leonids in November and the Geminds in December.

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