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Orionid meteor shower

21 October 2019   (0 Comments)
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The annual shower of Orionid meteors is at its peak on 21-22 October.

The meteors normally appear between 2 October and 7 November, as the Earth passes through the stream of debris left by Comet Halley.

This year the moon will be in its last quarter, which might interfere with the view, although some meteors should be visible if the sky is clear. Numbers normally peak in the few hours before dawn

Orionid meteors radiate from the constellation Orion - hence the name. They appear to come from a point near the upraised club of the constellation, near the star Betelgeuse.

Further reading from EarthSky