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Clouds will probably block the Orionid meteor shower – but here's how you can still watch it

But here's a way you can still watch it (and it's not through NASA)

Sorry, Minnesota. You probably won't be able to see the Orionid meteor shower on Friday night. 

The annual, monthlong meteor shower is expected to peak overnight into Saturday. The best time to see it is before dawn, when up to 20 meteors an hour will be visible, NASA says

But with rain in the forecast for much of Minnesota on Saturday, the viewing conditions probably won't be that great. Just look at all that cloud cover (the gray) in the map below: 

Where can I watch it?

If you still want to watch the meteor shower, don't you worry. Slooh will live stream it here

You do have to be a member to watch, but a free membership will suffice (the website does have paid versions, but there's no need to buy one for this celestial event). 

Despite some reports, NASA told GoMN it will not have a live stream of the meteor shower like it has in the past. Instead, the agency will be answering questions on Facebook live at 3 p.m. Friday. 

What are the Orionids? 

The meteor shower is thought to come from the "dusty remnants of the tail" of Halley's Comet, NASA says. 

And when you see them, they'll look like streaks of light in the sky (which is why they're often called shooting stars), EarthSky notes

The meteors got their name because they seem to radiate from near the constellation Orion, NASA adds. 

For more information on Orionids and how best to view them (if the clouds decide to disappear), check out these tips from EarthSky

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