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Meteor shower visible tonight as Earth passes debris of Halley's Comet

The meteor shower will be visible between Midnight and dawn on Saturday, Sunday and Monday Photo:

Stargazers will be treated to a meteor shower tonight as the Earth passes near the debris of Halley's Comet.

The so-called Orionid Meteor Shower happens every October, but this year it will be most visible between Midnight and dawn on the 20th, 21st and 22nd.

The best time to see the falling meteors was in the early hours of this morning, but a small moon tonight promises further viewing opportunities.

Your best chance of seeing a shooting star will be away from street lights and othe rlight pollution.

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain in 2010 Credit: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

The Orionid Meteor Shower is caused when the Earth comes close to the debris left by Halley's Comet.

Halley is on a 76-year-orbit around the sun and was last visible from Earth in February 1986.

Halley's comet is depicted in the 11th-century Bayeux tapestry. At the time, it was seen as a bad omen for King Harold Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The meteors are debris from this comet that enter Earth’s atmosphere and vaporise as they fall.

They are called Orionids because they appear to shoot out from the star constellation of Orion.

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