The dusty debris from the tail of Halley's Comet will rain down on the Earth's atmosphere, producing around 30 meteors per hour.
Meteors are tiny pieces of debris dropped by comets as they orbit the sun.
The Orionid meteor shower is associated with Halley's Comet, which orbits the sun every 76 years.
A bright meteor streak isn't caused by friction with the atmosphere, but by the heating of the air via "ram pressure."
A few weeks ago, Discovery Space readers from Europe witnessed the peak of the Draconids meteor shower that produced around 300 meteors per hour. On Friday evening at around 21:00 GMT, another meteor shower peaks: the Orionids.
The meteors from this shower represent debris from the famous Halley's Comet that orbits the Earth every 76 years.
Comets are lumps of rock and ice orbiting the sun. As they get closer, the heat from the sun causes the ice to turn straight into vapor -- a process called "sublimation" -- which leads to the formation of a coma surrounding the rocky nucleus.