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Orionid meteor shower: How to watch the "beautiful" shooting stars

A photo showing the Orionids meteor shower in 2015 Credit: PA

Fans of cosmic events in the Midlands are being treated to sightings of the Orionids meteor shower this weekend.

The shooting stars are created by debris from Halley's Comet.

This is the most famous comet on the astronomical calendar because it is visiible to the naked eye.

Particles from the comet break off, trailing behind it and then turning into shooting stars when they collide with the Earth's atmosphere, burning up as streaks of light.

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How many miles an hour the shooting stars are travelling at

When can I see the Orionid meteor shower in 2017?

This year the shower - which happens from October 2 to November 7 - will peak on Saturday, October 21, into the early hours of Sunday, October 22.

Between this time the showers will be at their brightest and most visible.

NASA has said this is "one of the most beautiful showers of the year."

Expect to spot between 15 and 30 meteors every hour. In some years, as many as 80 meteors an hour are visible.

Where can I watch it?

The best time to see the shower is after midnight. It's recommended to go outside around 1.30am and let your eyes adjust to the dark for 20 minutes.

You won't need binoculars or a telescope to view the shower. It will be visible with the naked eye.

But it's best to go somewhere where there is no light pollution from the glow of towns and cities.

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