Tonight, you might witness one of the most magnificent meteor showers of the year

"  Skygazers and stargazers around Hampton Roads may get short glimpses of one of the year's most stunning meteor showers, the Orionid shower, when it peaks Thursday and Friday  "

After midnight today, the sky could see up to 15 meteors per hour.

Orionid meteors
Orionid meteors


According to NASA, Orionid meteors are notable for their speed, leaving dazzling trains of incandescent debris in their wake that can persist for many seconds to minutes. Fast meteors can sometimes become fireballs that shoot across the night sky.

NASA recommends that skywatchers locate a location distant from city or street lights. After around 30 minutes of darkness, your eyes will adjust and you will start to see meteors. When watching the Orionid meteor shower, look for extended bursts of light.

"Be patient - the show will run till dawn, so you'll have plenty of time to see it," the agency said on its website.

Every year, the meteors appear as Earth passes through an area of space filled with debris from Halley's Comet, peaking in mid-October. If you miss the meteor shower tonight or Friday, NASA says it will be visible until November. 22.

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