Louis area rated "fair" viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

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You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that's still ongoing.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) says the Orionid Meteor Shower "is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe".

At its peak, the shower usually produces between 10 and 20 meteors per hour.

This year the moon will be almost full, which will diminish some of the meteors.

Meteor showers, like the Orionids, occur on a yearly basis when the Earth passes through a trail of debris left behind by a comet.

Many people heading out to spot some shooting stars this weekend are in luck as mainly clear conditions are on tap for a large area of North America on Sunday night.

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At its peak, you will see up to 25 shooting stars per hour - although this is dependent on ideal conditions.

The meteors are bits of space rock that have entered the earth's atmosphere.

"The shower is best viewed after midnight through dawn when Orion is highest in the sky", Samuhel said.

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

For the Orionid shower, the debris you can see is actually pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley's comet.

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

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