Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Pablo Tucker
October 21, 2018

NASA said that these meteors are considered to be one of the most handsome showers of the year, traveling at the speed of 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth's atmosphere.

At its peak, you will see up to 25 shooting stars per hour - although this is dependent on ideal conditions.

Cloud-free conditions will allow some views of the debris from Halley's comet, with peak time for viewing coming Sunday night into Monday morning.


NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the moon may wash some meteors out, but about 15-20 should be visible per hour.

If you trace the path that the meteors take, they seem to originate from a point in the constellation of Orion which gives the shower its name.

However, you can go out on any clear night between now and November 7 to catch a few meteors.


Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set.

In the short time before dawn this upcoming October 21-22, you will be able to experience peak meteor-watching, but if you look up on the other days in this window, you might still catch meteors in the sky.

The Orionids are remnants of Haley's Comet, one of the most famous comets, which last flew Earth in 1986.


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