How to Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower
The best time of night to catch the Orionids will be around 2am local time, per Space.com. Though, if you go out in the pre-dawn hours a little past the exact peak, you may have more luck since the moon will cause less interference earlier in the morning after it sets. You can also find good viewing on October 29, per the report. Though, the display is not still at its peak that night.
The Orionids produce the fastest meteors of any meteor shower except for the Leonids in November. "The Orionids, because they're moving so fast, they burn up very quickly," Cooke told Thrillist. "In other words, you blink, you're going to miss them."
If you're making the effort to not blink the night of the 21st, get far from the light pollution of urban areas, which will obscure meteors and other celestial objects. The International Dark Sky Association has an app that can help you find a good stargazing spot near your home. You'll also need to be sure the weather is cooperating where you're going to be viewing as well.
The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Orionid the hunter in the eastern sky (more precisely, from the red giant star Betelgeuse over Orion's shoulder). However, you don't want to look directly at the constellation because the meteors will be streaking away from the radiant point. You should be able to see them across a wide swath of the sky, and that's why it's best to lie on the ground or lean back wherever you're sitting and take in as much of the night sky as possible. You may also want to bring some hot coffee or cocoa because it's getting cold, and it can take a while for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness.