The Orionid meteor shower will peak tomorrow: Here’s everything you need to know

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Ketan Barot
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According to NASA, the Orionid meteor shower, which occurs annually from October 2 to November 7, will peak on Thursday. However, because the event will take place on a full moon night, the bright glow of the meteor shower may be difficult to see. According to NASA meteorologists, the shower will be difficult to see because the moon will be up all night.

What exactly are meteor showers?

Meteors are formed from the rocky debris left over after a comet passes close to the Sun. When the Earth passes through one of these debris fields, meteor showers occur.

What makes the Orionid meteor shower so unique?

According to NASA, the Orionid meteor showers are formed by the ice and dust released by Halley’s Comet as it enters the inner solar system. Orionid meteor showers hit the Earth’s surface at 148,000 mph. Orionid meteors are brightly coloured and leave glowing trains behind them. They can also turn into fireballs.

When will the Orionid meteor shower appear?

The peak of the Orionid meteor shower is expected on Wednesday and Thursday. Meteors should be visible beginning at 10 p.m. EDT (7:30 am IST). On Thursday, the best time to watch is at 2 a.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. IST).

What will the scene look like?

The debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, a short-period comet visible from Earth once every 76 years, will fall from the sky at high speeds. The sky is expected to see 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the Orionid meteor showers.

What is the origin of the Orionid meteor shower?

When the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet collides with the Earth’s orbit, the Orionid meteor shower occurs. Despite the fact that Halley’s Comet only appears once every 76 years, it leaves a trail that causes Orionids in October and Eta Aquarids in May.


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