The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show in the skies of Southern California.
Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet beginning Monday night, which will give us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower—though you probably won't see much until a bit later.
The shower should be at its peak the night of Saturday until just before dawn on Sunday. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that—barring cloud cover—you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.
What makes this shower so cool? First of all, c'mon—it's a show of shooting stars.
Also, though, there's no question about where to look for this one. Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. And what's easier to spot than Orion the Hunter?
There's also something else that's special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.
The showers are best spotted in the wee hours, which means some local areas will be closed, such as Deukmejian Wildnerness Park, Chaney Trail and Cherry Canyon. You can try to catch the action from the top of Boston or Briggs avenues. The best view of all would be from Angeles Crest Highway above La Canada Flintridge. Remember to check the weather forecast and conditions before you head outside to watch.