What is the best time to see the Orionid meteor shower?
Meteor showers are always most visible when the heavens are dark, clear and cloud-free.
The Sun ruins any chance of seeing shooting stars and even the light of Full Moon can render them invisible.
Fortunately, this will not be an issue with meteor hunters this year, as there is currently a waning lunar crescent hanging in the sky.
Astronomers consequently advise shooting star enthusiasts to this year look up a little after midnight and prior to the break of dawn.
There is no need to worry if you miss this week’s peak – over Wednesday and Thursday – as some meteors will still be visible over the days before and after.