Orionid meteor shower peaks Friday, Saturday

An astronomer observes the night sky for Orionid Meteors at an observatory near the village of Avren east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. The annual Orionid meteor shower is promising to put on a dazzling sky show. The Orionid meteor shower occur each year as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley's Comet. The point from where the Orionid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Orion. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/WAVY) — The sky is set up to give you quite a show over the next few nights.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday with as many as 20 meteors per hour, according to NASA.

You’ll be able to see them if you look toward the east at the northern shoulder of the constellation Orion, for which the shower is named. You will have to get away from city lights to get a good view.

It’s possible weather conditions may obscure the show — there are scattered showers in the forecast for Friday night into early Saturday morning.

The meteors are debris from Halley’s comet, and “are known for being bright and quick,” NASA says. There is a chance of a “fireball,” which is a very bright meteor.

Though the shower’s peak times are this week, it actually continues through Nov. 14.

If you catch a photo of the meteors, please share it with us at ReportIt@WAVY.com

NASA Orionids Information:

Comet of Origin: 1P/Halley
Radiant: Just to the north of constellation Orion’s bright star Betelgeuse
Active: Oct. 4-Nov. 14, 2016
Peak Activity: Oct. 21-22, 2016
Peak Activity Meteor Count: 20 meteors per hour
Meteor Velocity: 41 miles (66 kilometers) per second
Notes: The Orionids, formed from the debris of Halley’s comet, are known for being bright and quick.