Look Up, We're About To Have Another Spectacular Meteor Shower

The night sky won't be so dark tonight as the Orionids meteor shower lights it up.

Halley's Comet was last seen in 1986, and we aren't expected to see it again until 2061, but it has left behind an annual light show.

The Orionids meteor shower is an annual light show. Image: Getty

The Orionids meteor shower is made up of the dust and debris left behind from Halley's Comet - amazing huh?

As the Earth sails through the trail of remnants, the debris burns up inside our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

The Orionids gets it name from the Orion constellation, as that is the part of the sky it appears to be coming from.

The Orionids is the remnants of Halley's Comet. Image: Getty

According to the American Meteor Society, viewers can expect quite the show from the Orionids this year, as they peak in about 12-year cycles. 

The last peak was in 2006. The early 2010s saw low meteor rates, but 2017 and 2018 saw substantial increases with up to 30 meteors an hour visible.

The AMS expects this year's shower to also have a high meteor rate as we are still in the peak period.

Experts believe this year will see high rates of meteors. Image: Getty

The Orionids will be most visible just after midnight in all time zones across Australia, with an expected 15-20 meteors per hour lighting up the night sky.

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Unfortunately, the moon will be 40 percent illuminated, meaning it will be bright enough to dull the meteor shower to the naked eye.

For best viewing, try and avoid having the moon in sight, and allow about 20 minutes for eyes to adjust to the darkness.

The meteor shower will continue until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

While the Orionids will be at its most spectacular on Tuesday night, keen stargazers can enjoy smaller showings for the next few nights as well.