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The Orionids Meteor Shower

By: Myles Henderson
By: Myles Henderson

The Orionids Meteor Shower runs from October 2nd through November 7th but the strongest activity will be the morning of October 21st.

Before sunrise Wednesday morning take some time to check out the night sky. The Orionids Meteor Shower could produce 25 to 35 visible meteors per hour.

The Orionids Meteor Shower is caused by the dust particles of Halley's Comet. Meteors are the occurrence of light created from meteoroids entering the Earth's atmosphere at over 90,000 mph. The Orionids occur from October 2nd to November 7th but reach a maximum on October 21st. Orionids originate from the constellation Orion near the red or orange tinted start Betelgeuse.

The best time to view the meteor shower will be Wednesday morning between 2 AM and sunrise. The moon will be a waxing crescent with only 13% illuminated and skies will be mainly clear, great viewing conditions!

If you miss it Wednesday morning, Orionids have been known to have "submaxima" activity or bursts of activity between October 18th and 24th.

If you do see any meteor shower activity let us know! Tell us your story via email at weather@newsplex.com.

-Myles
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