Keep your eyes to the skies tonight...and be ready to stay up late.

The Orionids meteor shower is predicted to peak late tonight, continuing into Tuesday (October 22) morning.

Around 15 to 20 meteors per hour are expected to fly across the sky, so this spectacular sight just might be worth sacrificing a few hours of sleep.

According to The American Meteor Society, the meteors in this particular shower are pieces of Halley's Comet that have broken off. Its name refers to the shower's location, which occurs near Orion's second brightest star.

However, a bright moon and numerous city lights can make the meteors difficult to see. Denver 7 recommends that viewers try to stay away from as much light pollution as possible, in order to get the best view of the show.

If you aren't able to see the show tonight, don't worry. There is a possibility that a few stray meteors will shoot across the sky in the coming days.

And even if you miss those, outer space will give you yet another chance. The Geminids meteor shower, known for being the brightest one, will appear in early December.

But, if you want to get in on the action tonight, grab your winter coat (it'll be in the 30s by the time the shower begins), get away from the street lights, and enjoy the show.


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