However, every year between October and November Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses paths, with debris from the comet creating the Orionids.

That the light you see streaking across the sky.

Although the Orionid meteor shower will not be particularly strong this year we will still have a good chance at viewing it thanks to the new moon.

The annual Orionid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend and the best viewing in the Philadelphia area will be Friday night into Saturday morning.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said the shower is likely to produce between 10 and 20 meteors per hour in the period before dawn.

The most meteors will fall between October 20-22.

Experts say the best time to view the shower is after midnight and before dawn.

Mr Kerss said: “We expect the peak to occur on the night of 21/22 October when the young crescent Moon will set conveniently before the radiant of the shower – the point from which the meteors appear to spread out – rises in the east”.

Enjoy the warmth and sunshine while it lasts, because by this time next week, it’s going to feel a lot more like late fall/early winter.

Where will the Orionid meteor shower appear?


The Orionids are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is near the constellation Orion, explained.

The spectacular shooting stars are remnants of the prolific Halley’s Comet, which visits Earth every 74 t0 79 years. Numerous falling stars leave ionised trails of glowing gas in their path.

You can make your meteor watching experience much more comfortable if you take along a lawn chair, a blanket and a thermos of your favorite hot beverage.

The Orionids are incredibly fast meteors, and crash into Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of 66 km/s.