Orionid meteor shower peaks Friday, Saturday

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The sky is set up to give you quite a show over the next few nights.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday with as many as 20 meteors per hours, according to NASA.

You’ll be able to see them if you look toward the east at the northern shoulder of the constellation Orion, for which the shower is named. You will have to get away from city lights to get a good view.

It’s possible weather conditions may obscure the show — Storm Team 8 says it will be partly cloudy inland, but dry. It may be mostly cloudy with a chance of a sprinkle or light shower along the lakeshore. Additionally, the moon will be 57 percent full Friday night at midnight and 46 percent Saturday.

Temperatures during the night will fall to the upper 30s to low 40s, so you’ll want to grab a warm coat.

The meteors are debris from Halley’s comet, and “are known for being bright and quick,” NASA says. There is a chance of a “fireball,” which is a very bright meteor.

Though the shower’s peak times are this week, it actually continues through Nov. 14.

If you catch a photo of the meteors, you can send it to ReportIt@woodtv.com or submit it via the ReportIt section on woodtv.com.