It’s somewhat of a misnomer.
But there will still be enough meteor activity to merit looking skyward this weekend.
That’s when the Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak, and West Virginians should be able to see the celestial show.
Especially Friday night into Saturday morning, according to astronomers.
Astronomists say few meteor showers actually resemble the output of a rain storm.
In other words, don’t expect periods of intense displays or movement.
However, don’t give up on watching this event because there’s also some good news.
Astronomers predict it will be possible to see 10 to 20 meteors per hour.
That number could increase to 20-25 per hour near maximum activity which is expected to occur on Oct. 22.
There’s more good news since some of these should be visible for a few nights after the peak period passes.
This is an annual event that usually takes place between early October and November.
It happens as the Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley’s Comet, the parent comet of the Orionid shower.
Annual showers are named for the point in the sky where they seem to appear.
In this case it’s in the direction of the well-known constellation Orion the Hunter, hence the name Orionids.
Orionids are known to be fast, and slam into the Earth’s atmosphere at about 41 miles per second, which is about 200 times faster than the speed of sound.
They are also known to be somewhat faint, but stargazers are sometimes surprised by exceptionally bright ones.
This meteor shower tends to produce green and yellow colors at time, and has even been known to produce fireballs, according to Weatherbug Weather.
The best viewing times should be during the pre-dawn hours.
It’s preferable to watch from a dark location to watch since too much light may wash out the glow.