The Orionids: Debris from Halley’s comet dazzle autumn night sky

Federico Mansilla
Octubre 20, 2018

Not only is it extremely bright, but October's Orionid meteor shower also produces extremely fast-moving meteors.

There's good news and bad news about this year's Orionid meteor shower, which should throw off some beauties before dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before it reaches its peak early Monday.

This week's clear skies are providing a rare opportunity for early-morning views of the Orionid meteor shower, one of the brightest and most lovely of the year. During the peak, 15-20 meteors per hour will likely be visible, though the annual shower has before peaked at upwards of 80 meteors per hour.

What's more, these speeds make it the second fastest shower of the year, second only to the Leonid Meteor Shower. The Earth passes through these dusty trails, colliding with the atmosphere, where they disintegrate and create the light show in the sky.

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The best viewing time will be around 2 a.m. on October 21 and 22.

STARGAZERS are in for a treat this week with a large meteor shower.

This meteor shower will be visible from everywhere on planet Earth, and you can best spot meteors between midnight and dawn if you find Orion the Hunter in the sky and look slightly to the north of Orion's sword.

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