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You Can See A Stunning Meteor Shower From British Columbia Tonight

You Can See A Stunning Meteor Shower From British Columbia Tonight

Stargazers are being advised to wrap up warm and head outside as a meteor shower heads our way this weekend.

The show is the result of meteoroids from Halley's Comet colliding with Earth's atmosphere at 148,000mph.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak over the weekend and it looks like we should have great viewing conditions for it, especially tonight.

The stunning sights are the result of the debris of the famous Halley's Comet - as the Earth moves through the leftovers, they shine bright in the sky and can be visible along the ground.

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The best viewing, of course, will be away from the city and any light pollution.

First things first, do you know the difference between a meteor, a comet and an asteroid?

The meteors get their name from this constellation, because they originate near it; however, they can be seen across the entire sky.

The website EarthSky.com says "you might reliably see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak". At their most frequent, there should be about 20 to 25 meteors per hour. During certain times of the year, the comet's debris crosses paths with the Earth's orbit, causing spectacular meteor showers.

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Meteor showers are named after the constellation where the rocks appear to be coming fromHow can you watch a meteor shower?

Star gazing requires clear skies and complete darkness for the most optimal results.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, look up to find Orion's club above the star Betelgeuse. A new moon means moonlight won't interfere with observing.

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.

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