Orionid meteor shower takes over W. MI sky

An astronomer observes the Orionids in Bulgaria Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

(WOOD)— Star gazers willing to sacrifice some sleep may be in for another celestial show overnight.

The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

People who look to the southern horizon may see up to 20 meteors an hour, although experts are estimating about a dozen meteors will be visible to the naked eye each hour.

NASA reports the annual meteor shower happens when Earth passes by an area littered with debris from Halley’s Comet.

In West Michigan, the best viewing will be just before daybreak, which is 8:04 a.m. on Thursday.

Before you look to the sky, you may want to check the Storm Team 8 forecast.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood expected clouds to clear, setting the stage for a good show.

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