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Keep your eyes on the skies! A beautiful meteor shower will be visible from Canada this month and you won't want to miss it.

The Orionids meteor shower will light up the skies this October, the second of two yearly meteor showers from Halley's Comet.

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The peak of the Perseid meteor shower in Canada is almost upon us, and Narcity spoke to Jenna Hinds with The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to find out some tips and tricks for spotting the most shooting stars in the sky.

On the evening of August 12 and into the morning of August 13, the meteor shower will reach its peak and the best time to watch for shooting stars is after midnight. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers of the year because it usually has around 50 to 80 meteors an hour and a peak of 90 meteors an hour, a rate of more than one a minute.

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Aside from Thanksgiving and Halloween, there's more for Canadians to look forward to this October. Twice this month, skies across Canada will be lit up with two epic meteor showers as they return for their yearly visit.

The first meteor shower is called the Draconids, a relatively minor event that produces about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced when the Earth passes through the dust streaks of the comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was discovered in the 1900s. The meteor shower will run from October 6 and 10, with peaks occurring on October 8. Unlike most meteor showers, the Draconids is best viewed in the early evening.

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Canadians have yet another reason to look up to the skies this fall. The Draconids Meteor Shower is expected to make its annual return this October 8, 2017.

The celestial event is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the Earth moves through a ribbon of debris from the Comet 21/P Giacobini-Zinner, which orbits the sun ever 6.6 years.

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