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Meteor shower peaks over the Southern Interior this week

Halley's comet in 1986.
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October 21, 2015 - 10:30 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If clouds part enough tonight you may be able to get a glimpse of the Orionid meteor shower as it peaks early Thursday morning.

The Orionid meteor shower, which is formed from the debris of Halley’s comet, is known for producing bright and quick meteors. This meteor shower runs throughout October and into early November, with the peak expected from Oct. 21 to 22.

At its peak, roughly 20 meteors per hour are visible and can move at a rate of 66 kilometres per second, according to NASA.

The best time to view the ‘shooting stars’ is pre-dawn, after the moon has set, and it is easier to view them in a dark location away from city lights.

If you want to try your hand at catching a few meteors with your camera, check out our night sky photography tips and be sure to share your photos in the comments below.

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