Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies

Orionid Meteor Shower: Stargazers can see 25 shooting stars per hour this week

You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that's still ongoing. Be careful to avoid the glare of a fairly full moon, though, which might block some of the meteors from view.

NASA said that these meteors are considered to be one of the most attractive showers of the year, traveling at the speed of 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth's atmosphere.

Binoculars and telescopes won't improve the view, because they are created to see more stationary objects in the sky.

The Orionids originate from Halley's comet, which was last seen on Earth in 1986.

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This debris vaporizes and glows bright as it enters the planet's atmosphere and sometimes leaves behind a trail of vapor or smoke that is visible for one of two seconds.

After the Orionids, stargazers will have to wait until the middle of November to see another meteor shower with the Northern Taurids peaking on Nov. 11 and the Leonids peaking on Nov. 17.

The meteors radiate from constellation Orion.

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

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