The sparks that shoot across the heavens every mid-to late October aren't fireworks or orbiting satellites. It's the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks just before dawn this Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct 22. Earthlings will be able to see about 10 to 20 meteor sightings per hour, according to EarthSky. Though this will take place during a waxing moon period, the moon will definitely set long before it's prime time for the shower, so prepare for a spectacular show.
If you're lucky enough to get outside, set your alarm for a few hours before dawn on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings and get as far away from city lights as possible. Check out this interactive sky map as a guide to the night skies in your area, and take it with you on your Orionid meteor shower watch to see how many constellations you can spot. If you're stuck at home, the Slooh space camera will be live streaming the event from the Canary Islands, starting at 8 p.m. EDT on Oct. 21.