Orionid meteor shower: Everything you need to know to catch a glimpse in Cumbria and the Borders

A 'shooting star' in the night sky Credit: PA

Orionid meteor showers (that is, shooting stars appearing to emanate from the constellation Orion) are expected to peak in visibility and frequency over the next couple of nights.

The streaks across the sky are actually caused by debris from Halley's Comet falling into the Earth's atmosphere and burning up on entry.

A 'waxing' moon Credit: PA

One of the reasons this year's shower is going to be spectacular is because of the Moon.

The Moon is always very bright at this time of year as sunshine bounces off it into clear autumnal skies. However, the peak of the Orionid meteor will be when the Moon is still waxing, and a lot of it will be in shade, providing a much dimmer night sky.

Orion Constellation is where the Orionid meteors will appear to come from (Top Right) Credit: PA

Despite this, the best time to see the meteors will be just before dawn, when the Moon has set and the sky will be at its darkest.

The best places to catch a glimpse in your area will be the Galloway Forest Park, anInternational Dark Sky Park, where skygazers have been able to see the milky way with the naked eye for centuries.

South of the border, the Cumbrian Lake District provides an ideal place to witness the astronomical event, with Allen Bank in Grasmere and Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre both designated as Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

You can find a map with every dark sky location in the UK here.

Halley's Comet is clearly visible in the Bayeux tapestry, where it was said be a bad omen for the newly crowned King Harold Credit: PA

Halley's comet is probably the most famous of the Earth's regular astronomical events, even though it only appears once every 75-76 years.

The comet last appeared in the inner Solar System in 1986, and isn't due back until 2061.