Meteor shower forecast for New Zealand this weekend

Persuid night in august in the North of Holland
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Stargazers are being advised to wrap up warm and head outside as a meteor shower heads our way this weekend.

On a normal night viewers may see between two and four meteors per hour - however during a large meteor shower stargazers can see up to 100 meteors in one hour.

This shower is expected to be less than that, with Otago Museum Director Ian Griffin telling NZME that Otago based spectators may be able to see between 20 and 30 meteors per hour.

The Orionid shower occurs every year in October and is caused by debris from Halley's Comet coming into the Earth's atmosphere.

The radiant point of the Orionids is slightly below and to the right of the star Betelgeuse.

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.

However this is provided weather permits, Metservice is forecasting overcast conditions for parts of the country from Friday through to Monday.