Magical Orionid Meteor shower will peak tonight — Here’s when, where and how to see it

Those who are patient and don’t mind sacrificing a few hours of sleep will be treated to some celestial fireworks this weekend.

The meteor shower will be visible tonight. The sky will be filled with shooting stars this weekend thanks to debris from Halley’s Comet.

This false-color image is a composite image from 2009 Orionids meteor shower observations, as seen in the skies over Huntsville, Ala. Photo by Janet Anderson – NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

The annual Orionid meteor shower will see around 15 to 20 meteors passing through the sky every hour.

Though the meteor shower is visible throughout October, its peak is on the nights of 20th and 21st of October.

According to experts, the peak time to view the meteor shower in the UK will be early on Sunday, between midnight and 03:00 BST.

Astronomer Tom Kerss told the BBC that the Orionid meteors are known for their “speed and brilliance”. Mr Kerss, who is based at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, recommended secluded spots with the darkest skies for the best view, but he said not to worry about bringing any equipment.

“There’s no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope,” he said. “Your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors.”

“So, relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded.”

Since you don’t need a telescope or binoculars to see the meteor shower, all you have to do is look for a dark place without light pollution.