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Orionid meteor shower peaks overnight Friday

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: October 20, 2017
  • Published October 20, 2017

A meteor streaks through the dusky Alaska night sky during a 2012 meteor shower. (Loren Holmes / ADN archive 2012)

The Orionid meteor shower peaks overnight Friday, so if skies are clear, Alaskans have a chance to check out the annual show.

"Definitely worth a look," wrote Travis Rector, astronomer at the University of Alaska Anchorage. With just a sliver of the waxing moon overhead, meteors will be easier to spot against the darkness.

In Alaska, the constellation Orion, over which the meteor shower is centered, will be low in the sky.

"Go somewhere so you have a good view of the southeastern sky," Rector wrote. Early morning is the best time to see them, he said.

The Orionid meteor shower happens around the same time every year, as the Earth passes through debris left behind by Halley's comet. Peak activity will see around 15 to 30 meteors an hour, according to

The meteor shower lasts through Oct. 26.

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