Meteor Shower This Weekend: Where To Watch Halley's Comet Orinoid's Light Up The Sky

By Amir Khan on October 19, 2012 11:39 AM EDT

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California skies lit up on Wednesday night as meteor debris from Halley's comet streaked through the atmosphere. (Photo: Twitter)

The 2012 Orionid meteor shower is this weekend, and sky-watchers will want to look upward so they can see the spectacular show. The 2012 Orionid meteor show will peak between October 21 and 22, and with the moon in its new phase, the shower will be extremely viewable.

The show, named because it appears to come from the constellation Orion, occurs every October as Earth passes through a dust trail left by Halley's Comet, according to NASA.

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"Since 2006, the Orionids have been one of the best showers of the year, with counts in some years up to 60 or more meteors per hour," Bill Cooke, with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said, according to the Los Angeles Times.    

The peak time to watch the show will be Sunday before sunrise, and NASA said the show will be best viewed away from light pollution. If you can't make it out of the city, you can watch the 2012 Orionid meteor shower here on UStream.

In addition to the meteors, Venus, Mars and the star Sirius will all be visible, NASA said.

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