Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Eloise Marshall
October 21, 2018

Star gazers can catch a glimpse of the Orionid meteor shower.

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.

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.

Stargazers are awaiting this October's "out of this world" show... the Orionid meteor shower!

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Will you be watching out for the meteor shower? Also, at it's peak, we can expect to see 15-20 meteors per hour, and these puppies are flying, moving at about 148,000 mph!

However, you will need to be somewhere dark with little or no light pollution. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

"The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet". The Earth passes through these dusty trails, colliding with the atmosphere, where they disintegrate and create the light show 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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