Jessica Plautz
October 20, 2017

The Orionid meteor shower is peaking, and tonight and Saturday night offer the best chances to catch a glimpse of shooting stars.

The best time to see the meteor shower is late, after midnight, when the moon has set and you're in a position to see the remains of Halley's Comet as the Earth hits them. The meteors will appear to shoot out from Orion, their namesake constellation.

If you're in a location without too much light, you can expect to see about 20 shooting stars an hour.

Related: Where to Find the Darkest Skies in the U.S. for Serious Stargazing

You won't need any stargazing equipment, just a dark sky. Those in major cities will need to put some distance between themselves and the urban light pollution. Check this light pollution map to see the best spot near you.

While Halley's Comet is the source of tonight's shooting stars, you won't see it with your naked eye. The last time that happened was 1986 — and the next time it'll happen is 2061.

If you do miss the show tonight, don't despair: Tomorrow night will give you another chance before this celestial show begins to wane.

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