Look up tonight as the Orionid Meteor Shower peaks

Orionid Meteor Shower

The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend. Even with a little more cloud cover, it should still be easily viewed from our area.

The best viewing time is again Saturday night anytime between midnight and 5am. Expect to see around 10 meteors per hour, but a maximum of 25 per hour is possible.

The Orionid Meteor Shower is from Halley's Comet. The event happens when Earth's orbit intersects the comet during the third week of October illuminating the particles.

According to NASA, Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and high rate of speed. They are estimated to travel about 148,000 mph into the Earth's atmosphere.

Here's a fun fact: meteors are tiny particles and in some instances, similar to a grain of salt left behind by a comet or asteroid. Some people refer to them as shooting stars.

The annual event is visible from October 15th to October 29th.

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