Bright moon might outshine Orionid meteor shower

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Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains more about the 2018 Orionid meteor shower.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The Orionid meteor shower is produced by debris from Halley’s Comet.

Meteor showers are named based on their radiant point (place where meteors look to appear from). Orion is the constellation for this shower.

Unfortunately, bright moonlight could block out some of the dimmer meteors even though we will have clear skies on Sunday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 22.

Orionids are also known for producing very fast meteors as well, but this year won’t produce a lot, according to NASA. There will be about 15 to 20 meteors per hour, but the moon will almost be full.

Head outside after 1 a.m., and look up if you want to take your chances! Dress warm, avoid city lights and give your eyes a chance to adjust.

The shower is active through Nov. 27.

Don't forget to share a picture using #SkyWitness7 if you get lucky and see any meteors!

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