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Weather: Look out for meteors tonight

Will you be able to see them tonight? Credit: Met Office

The Orionid meteor shower will be visible tonight

Caused by debris from Halley's Comet there will be around 20 meteors every hour.

The tiny bits of ice and dust travel around 40 miles per second and burn up on entering our atmosphere.

Credit: Dean Gartland

The meteor shower got its name as it appears to come from the constellation Orion- one of the most recognisable in the night's sky.


Near perfect conditions to view meteor shower

Tom Moran from the Newcastle Astronomical Society explains to ITV Tyne Tees how best to view the Perseid meteor shower. Tonight is likely to be one of the best nights to view the phenomenon.

The display is likely to be one of the best displays in recent years because of near perfect weather conditions and crescent moon which will help reduce light pollution.

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