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Meteor Shower Happening This Weekend: Here's When To Watch, Bergen

Viewing conditions for the meteor showers overnight Friday into Saturday are good for the Hudson Valley. Photo Credit:
Viewing conditions for Saturday night. Photo Credit:

More than a dozen meteors will streak across the night sky as clear conditions will provide millions with an ideal view of the Orionid meteor shower, with best viewing after midnight Saturday and again overnight Saturday.

The Orionids is an annual meteor shower that is caused by debris left behind by Haley’s Comet burning up in Earth’s atmosphere.

“The shower will produce somewhere between 10 and 20 meteors per hour,” Senior Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

This year will be a particularly good year for viewing the Orionids as the peak of the shower falls just days after the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution for the shower to compete with.

New Jersey and much of the eastern U.S. will have the best weather on Saturday morning for viewing the shower with a large dome of high pressure promoting clear skies across the region. Last year, clouds obscured the shower for many in the eastern U.S., but this year will likely provide a better window for viewing meteors.

The best time to watch the Orionid meteor shower is between midnight and dawn on Friday or Saturday night.

People viewing the shower on Saturday morning should be patient as it may take some time to spot some shooting stars.

On Saturday night, viewing conditions are going to be excellent across the Northeast with clear skies.

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