It's not every day you get to see astronomical events take place, but the last few months of 2017 seem to have been fairly busy. Earlier in October asteroid 2012 TC4 flew by Earth for the second time in five years. September offered the opportunity to view a rare lunar occultation, and parts of the world got the chance to view a solar eclipse just a month prior.
The Orionid meteors have been occurring since October 2 and will continue through November 7, but the best opportunity to witness the shower will take place this weekend. Because the new moon will produce very little moonlight on October 21, peak visibility is expected to take place between on either side of the day between the hours of midnight and the few hours just before dawn.
Every year around this time Orionid meteors are visible when Earth passes through an area of space that is littered with debris from Halley’s Comet. In years past, it was possible to see as many as 80 meteors per hour, but this year's shower is predicted to be on the lower end with only 20 to 30 meteors passing per hour.
The good news is that Orionid's meteors have the potential to be visible from any point on Earth and you won't have to look in any particular direction to view them. Becuase of this, viewing from an area that has a wide-open sky give you the best chance to take in the view. If you want to make your viewing experience even more ideal, choose a spot far enough away from city light that will dim the view of fainter meteors.