Orionid Meteor Shower
Thanks to Haley's Comet, the Orionid Meteor Shower 2011 is coming next week. Viewing should be good, too, under a slender moon. wikipedia

Starting Friday at dawn, the Orionid meteor shower will be visible through Saturday. This morning, look up the sky to catch the last sighting of this dust trail left behind by Halley's comet.

After midnight on Friday, viewers should anticipate a stream of the meteors coming from Orion. Some say the constellation show may be one you don't want to miss. Others are expecting to be disappointed like they were from earlier showers this month.

Nonetheless, the moon, Mars and bright star Regulus will also be making an appearance this weekend. Hours before dawn will give you the best viewing experience.

The Orionids, named after the constellation Orion, are chunks of dirty ice from Halley's comet. As the meteors streak from Orion, pieces from the comet fall into our atmosphere to create bright flashes. Some of these chunks are even suspected to crash into the moon.

You should be able to get a good look at the action with just a telescope in your backyard. Share your viewing experiences with us in the comments below!