Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Debris from Halley's Comet to spark Orionid meteor shower this weekend

Debris from Halley's Comet to spark Orionid meteor shower this weekend

The Orionids will peak late Sunday night into early Monday morning across the Delaware Valley.

"Activity is expected to be a little higher this year than in years past with 20 to 25 meteors per hour, but bright moonlight will be an issue", AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said.

The Orionids meteor shower is one of the most reliable and visible showers of the year, along with the Perseids which occurred in August this year.

Many people heading out to spot some shooting stars this weekend are in luck as mainly clear conditions are on tap for a large area of North America on Sunday night. With a full moon slated for the weekend, this will hinder the view a bit along with any other forms of light pollution. It takes the comet 76 years to orbit the sun, so it will enter Earth's atmosphere in 2061.

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

The latest spectacular astronomical event is set to reach its peak in the coming days when debris from Halleys Comet will be spotted in the night sky.

The meteors radiate from constellation Orion.

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