Beyond the Weather: Orionid meteor shower


The crisp, cool and clear night is the flawless condition to watch the first major fall celestial show: the Orionid meteor shower.

This week's clear skies are providing a rare opportunity for early-morning views of the Orionid meteor shower, one of the brightest and most attractive of the year.

What's more, these speeds make it the second fastest shower of the year, second only to the Leonid Meteor Shower. They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle. The meteors are visible from anywhere on Earth, according to The moon will set around 5 a.m.

This means that stargazers should move as far away from the city lights as possible.

View from an area with low light pollution.

In the short time before dawn this upcoming October 21-22, you will be able to experience peak meteor-watching, but if you look up on the other days in this window, you might still catch meteors in the sky.

"The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".

Halley's Comet passes Earth every 75 to 76 years and as it makes its way around the sun, it leaves a trail of gas and dust behind it, which can be seen when the debris crosses Earth.

The Orionids are remnants of Haley's Comet, one of the most famous comets, which last flew Earth in 1986.