THE Orionids meteor showers are one of the most spectacular astral shows of the year.
When is the Orionid meteor shower?
This year, Orionid meteors appear from Monday, October 2, through November 7, peaking between midnight and dawn on October 21 and 22.
The scientific phenomenon gets its name from the Orion, a constellation which lies in the sky above the equator.
The meteors, associated with Halley’s Comet, occur every year in October.
When the conditions of the night are right, dozens of shooting stars can be seen falling from the sky.
What is the Orionid meteor shower?
Nasa dubs the Orionid meteor shower as “one of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year”.
Each hour about 20 meteors zoom through the skies, at speeds 148,000 mph, the Orionids are one of the most impressive events in the sky’s calendar.
It happens 60 miles up in space, when the Earth moves through a cloud of thousands and thousands of space rocks which would be left behind by the famous Halley’s Comet.
Why is it called the Orionid meteor shower?
Looking to the sky from Earth, the meteors appear to come from the direction of the Orion constellation, which is how they got their name.
Orion is one of the brightest and best-known constellations, containing two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse.
It has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter in Greek mythology.