There’s a meteor shower going on right now. The Orionid meteors seem to come out of the constellation Orion, which is why they’re called the Orionids. The dust and debris that cause this shower have a distinguished pedigree – they’re from the tail of Halley’s Comet. This year the shower will probably be at its best after midnight, with most of the meteors appearing from then until dawn. But if that’s too late to stay up, then go out as late in the evening as you can to see some of these “shooting stars”. Protect yourself against mosquitoes, dress warmly, take along a lounge chair so you don’t get a stiff neck looking up at the sky, and most importantly, get away from any bright lights that might keep you from seeing a clear, dark sky. You won’t need binoculars or a telescope, just face toward the east and watch for these shooting stars – perhaps a dozen visible each hour. But if it’s cloudy, you won’t be able to see them as they burn up above the atmosphere’s cloud layer.