Orionid meteor shower will peak Monday night

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Considered one of "most attractive meteor showers of the year" by NASA, the Orionids are expected to peak Monday night into Tuesday morning.

"But now and then a bright meteor zooms across the sky leaving a trail of hot, glowing air behind it". The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon.

"Will that stop me?" The show was above average a year ago, with 30 shooting stars per hour at its peak, according to the American Meteor Society.

The Orionids are viewable in the northern and southern hemispheres, and the entire US can catch the celestial show during the hours after midnight. On Nov. 16, the Leonids shower will peak.

There are now two other active meteor showers: the Southern Taurids, which last through November 20, and the Northern Taurids until December 10.

But if you missed the shower last night, the good news is you still might be able to spot a meteor or two tonight. What is the Orionid meteor shower? At a particular time of the year, streaks of light appear across the sky when earth passes throught the debris of from Halley's Comet. At its peak, up to 20 meteors are visible every hour.

"So, before dawn on October 23, the Orionids might match - or almost match - the numbers before dawn on October 22". The best time to see these showers is from midnight till dawn time.

Tracking meteors also requires pitch-black skies and clear weather conditions.

However, at almost 40 percent visibility the moon will be bright, making it a little hard to see the meteors.

The shower is expected to blast 30 to 40 extremely fast (up to 148,000 mph) meteors across the sky at peak. Watch shortly before dawn.

The Orionids can be seen from anywhere on Earth and are visible in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The best location is a darker location without light and pollutions.

"It depends on the meteor shower - it's a bit like asking how long is a bit of string".

The annual meteor shower is the byproduct of Comet 1P/Halley flying around the Sun.

Orionid meteor shower is going to peak from October 21-22 this year.

The orbit is littered with dust and fragments of space rock that slam into our atmosphere at high speeds. Skygazers who want to catch the action can head out tonight after midnight anywhere in the USA - assuming there aren't any clouds where you're located - to see the bright streaks whizzing by.

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