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Fall's best shower will peak this week – how to watch

The Orionid meteor shower is scheduled to peak early in the week Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
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If you’re lucky this week you may look up and see a shooting star. 

The Orionid meteor shower is scheduled to peak early in the week Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. 

Caused by debris from Halley’s Comet this shower gets its name because the radiant (point from which meteors originate) is in the famous constellation of Orion. In a good year, you can see about 10-15 meteors; the young moon will help out this year. 

HOW TO WATCH

Orion is in the southwestern sky before dawn. 

The best viewing will be from midnight to daybreak on Wednesday morning. As always, find a dark spot far away from the city for the best show.

Credit: The Orionid Meteor Shower

Use the moon to help you find the two largest planets in the solar system later in the week. It’ll be nearby the pair on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Credit: The Moon, Jupiter & Saturn

Above is how you’ll find the trio on Wednesday evening. Look in the south to southwest at nightfall.

Speaking of the moon, it’ll reach First Quarter on Friday at 9:23 a.m.

Credit: First Quarter Moon

Look for a half-moon in the evening if you out and about that evening. 

Happy hunting!