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Orionid meteor shower is happening now, highs next week



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you look into the night sky and see one or two meteors, there are a few different meteor showers that still brighten the sky.

The Draconids Summit is over. At night there are still a few meteors in the northern sky. Meteors from the Ecliptic are part of the meteor shower of the Southern Taurids that is still taking place. Another ongoing meteor shower that generates activity is the Orionid Meteor Shower.

The Orionid meteors come from the debris left behind by the comet Halley in 1986. The debris tends to hit the Earth's atmosphere during this time as the Earth orbits the comet's orbit. The Orionids are visible every year and active from 2 October to 7 November.

The highlight is the night of October 21

until the early hours of October 22. The best time to watch these meteors is at 2am.

Between 10 and 15 meteors are visible per hour. The meteors will radiate outward from the constellation of Orion.

The Moon will decrease at the time of the summit and should not exert too great an influence on your ability to see these meteors. While this year's showers are not as active as in previous years, the Orionids often have surprises in store.

The Orionid Meteor Shower is known to produce long-lasting trains that are ionized lanes of gas that last for a few seconds. The meteor is gone.

Occasionally, you may also see an exceptionally bright meteor. But watch out, because the Orionids are known to move fast!


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