One of the biggest meteor showers of the year takes place this week and here's how you can catch it in Wiltshire.

The Orionids is an annual shower that takes place in mid-October and is regarded as "one of the most beautiful showers of the year", according to NASA.

Stargazers were treated to celestial fireworks earlier this month with the Draconid shower which is named after the constellation of Draco the dragon.

Here's everything you need to know about the shooting stars this week and your Met Office forecast for all your stargazing needs.

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When is the Orionids Meteor Shower?

The Orionids are active from September 26 to November 22 but the shower peaks on Friday, October 21 from midnight until dawn.

The shower is well known for its brightness and speed with the meteors travelling at travel at about 148,000 mph into the Earth's atmosphere. 

Fast meteors can sometimes become fireballs and NASA recommends that you look for "prolonged explosions of light" when viewing the Orionid meteor shower.

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NASA's top tips to see the Orionids Meteor Shower

If you want to increase your chances of seeing the Orionids this week, you should find an area that is well away from the city or street lights.

You should also come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair.

It is also recommended that you should lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast since we're in the Northern Hemisphere.

Give your eyes time, around 30 minutes, to adapt to the dark and be patient since the spectacle will last until dawn.

Met Office forecast for Wiltshire for Orionids Meteor Shower

Friday night's forecast predicts heavy showers on Friday evening but the rain should clear by 10 pm with the chances of showers dropping to 20%.

From 1 am, the weather forecaster predicts that it will be dry but cloudy with the temperature ranging from 11 to 13C.

Despite the cloud, the Met Office expects the visibility to be Very Good (VG) so there's a high chance of seeing the meteor shower in all of its glory.

See the latest weather forecast via the Met Office website.