This month brace yourselves because the night sky will be lit up by a spectacular celestial show. We are talking, of course, about the Orionid meteor shower which will soon pass over our collective heads. This is a show consisting of shooting stars which will happen as the Earth will pass through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet.
As you know, this comet travels around the Sun and on its way it leaves behind some meteoroids which collide with our planet’s atmosphere at about 148,000 mph. As soon as they enter our atmosphere they start to burn up, resulting in some streaks of light which can be viewed all across the night’s sky.
This means that we are used by now with it happening at the same time each year. This show is best visible during the 21st and 22nd of October, although you can still spot some shooting stars in the days before and after these dates. Actually, these meteoroids start burning up really early in the month and you can still see them as far as the 7th of November.
Granted, the 21st of October represents the ultimate show, however, because of the Moon’s behavior, you might see a more spectacular show in the week before. That’s due to the Moon getting out of the way around the middle of October, making it easier for the Orionids to shine brighter.
The most intense time will be when you will see about 20 meteors streaking across the sky. For a meteor shower, this is relatively mute, especially when compared to the other annual shows, such as the Perseides. Still, you would still more than likely enjoy it. Also, what they lack in quantity they make up in quality, as they are known to burn really bright.