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

It's an annual phenomenon, as the Orionid meteor shower becomes most visible every year in mid-October, when the Earth passes through the debris.

Meteors in a shower all originate from the same place in the sky and generally fall parallel to one another.

The Orionids are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is near the constellation Orion, explained.

If you miss this meteor shower, there's still some great news, you can catch the Leonids in November and the Geminds in December.

If you head out late at night, the Moon should have set before the best part of the show-generally between midnight and sunrise, according to the American Meteor Society.

The further away from light pollution you can get, the better.

This meteor shower is famous because it derives from material trailing behind the best-known comet, Comet 1P/Halley.

"Nonetheless, tonight we have no bright moon to interfere with observations, so dedicated observers might want to try".

It will be a moonless night, too, according to NASA, meaning that - barring cloud cover - up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour will be visible before dawn. Look away from the constellation toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation. This shower can been seen from anywhere on Earth except Antarctica.

Then sit back and enjoy the show.

Is this our best viewing chance?

Lots of astronomers are looking forward to the 2017 Orionids because the skies are due to be particularly dark and clear this year, which should make them easier to spot!

It's advisable to take a trip out of your city to find somewhere more remote as this will prevent the experience from being ruined by artificial lights.

  • Joey Payne