The earth enters a stream of debris from Halley’s comet

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The earth enters a stream of debris from Halley’s comet, source of the annual meteor shower orionids. Astronomers expect the peak flow will have on the night of 20-21 October, is projected to be about 20 meteors per hour. This radar map shows the “hot spot” near the Orion constellation where the meteors disintegrate.

The best time to enjoy the phenomenon of a meteor shower is during the hours before sunrise on October 21st, when Orion is high in the sky. Unfortunately, the Moon will be high in the sky too. Only the brightest of orionid will be visible through her light.

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