Keep an eye to the sky for the Orionid Meteor Shower

Being one of the top 5 meteor showers of the year, The Orionid meteor shower is definitely one to go out and watch.

"The Orionids are popular among stargazers because of all its individual shooting stars are fragments of the most famous comet of all time, Halley's Comet," Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman said.

The comet leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth’s atmosphere most fully around Oct. 20-22, while Earth intersects the comet’s orbit, EarthSky reports

The Orionids don’t really begin to streak the nighttime sky until late evening, when the magnificent constellation Orion ascends over the eastern horizon, according to EarthSky's Deborah Byrd.

"Meteors in annual showers are named for the point in our sky from which they appear to radiate," Byrd said. "The radiant point for the Orionids is in the direction of the famous constellation Orion the Hunter."

Though they will emanate from the eastern horizon, they will streak across the entire sky, according to NASA.


Photo: AccuWeather

Find out more on the Orionid meteor shower on AccuWeather.com

Orionids
Comet of Origin: 1P/Halley
Radiant: Just to the north of constellation Orion's bright star Betelgeuse
Active: Oct. 4-Nov. 14, 2016
Peak Activity: Oct. 21-22, 2016
Peak Activity Meteor Count: 20 meteors per hour
Meteor Velocity: 41 miles (66 kilometers) per second
Notes: The Orionids, formed from the debris of Halley's comet, are known for being bright and quick.


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