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Heavens to rain stars tomorrow night

STARGAZERS can view the annual Orionid meteor shower starting tonight until Friday in Shanghai, but the best time is tomorrow night when the shower is in full bloom.

Astronomers say viewing will be best from 11pm every night when the city's lighting dims enough to see the stars, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

The Orionid meteor shower is the second of two showers that occur each year as the earth passes through dust released by Halley's Comet.

The spectacular displays of falling stars generally begin on October 15 and end on October 29, with the peak generally occurring in the early hours of October 20-22.

Observers in the northern hemisphere will see around 20 meteors each hour at the most, while observers in the southern hemisphere will see around 40 meteors an hour.


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