Its [peak] could be within a day either side of this date and is most visible at midnight and a few hours before dawn.
The streaks of light you can see are actually caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.
The meteor shower peaks this weekend, but those who miss it might still be able to see some activity until November 7.
'If you can courageous the cold, make a plan to stay out between midnight and 3am on Sunday morning to give yourself the best chance, and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head'.
Check the lunar calendar before the event, as if the moon is too bright during its full or gibbous phase, it may obscure the view.
The meteor showers have previously offered more than 80 meteors per hour which have been visible with the naked eye but this year it is expected to be much less.
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Looking to the sky from Earth, the meteors appear to come from the direction of the Orion constellation, which is how they got their name.
The meteor shower will be most active from 2am and 4am. Around this time every year, the Earth's orbit intersects with the path of Halley's Comet.
This year the moon is headed into a New Moon phase as the shower hits, meaning stargazers are in for a great view of the shower.
When you head out to catch the Orionids, you should be on the lookout for areas clear of urban light pollution such as houses and lamp posts.
NASA advises meteor watchers to lie on their backs with their feet facing southeast (if you are in the Northern Hemisphere) and to give your eyes at least a half hour to adapt to the dark. To find Orion, look for Sirius, the sky's brightest star.