Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

The Orionid meteor shower is headed our way, and it could be very visible this weekend!

The latest spectacular astronomical event is set to reach its peak in the coming days when debris from Halleys Comet will be spotted in the night sky.

The shower peaks on October 21, but the meteors may be visible as early as today after midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

This weekend, go outside and look up in the dark hours before dawn to witness the annual Orionid meteor shower, which will hit its peak overnight on October 21-22.

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To get the best chance of seeing the spectacular, keep away from light pollution. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

If you miss the peak, the show is also visible between on October 29 around the same time, as long as the moon isn't washing the meteors out.

With the visibility of about 15-20 meteors per hour, there will be a couple of factors that might make the viewing a little hard.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids. It takes the comet 76 years to orbit the sun, so it will enter Earth's atmosphere in 2061.

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