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St. Louis area rated “fair” viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

ST. LOUIS — Looking for a show at 2 a.m. this coming Monday morning to kick-start your week? The Orionid meteor shower will be crossing our skies this weekend and under the right conditions, can be a rare viewing opportunity,

The Orionid meteor shower will be reaching its peak around 2 a.m. on Monday, October 22nd and can be visible from anywhere on Earth, according to space.com. The shower consists of debris from Halley's Comet hitting the Earth almost head on.

With the visibility of about 15-20 meteors per hour, there will be a couple of factors that might make the viewing a little difficult. With a full moon slated for the weekend, this will hinder the view a bit along with any other forms of light pollution.

With the St. Louis metro area being rated as a "fair" viewing area by AccuWeather, it would help to travel a bit from the city lights to give yourself an optimal visual experience.

It is suggested by space.com to go out around 1:30 a.m. to give your eyes time to adjust to the night sky and to make sure to only use your eyes to observe the night sky rather than binoculars or a telescope.