Orionid meteor shower 2020: when, where and how to watch it


The Orionid meteor shower marks an excellent year for the annual “Shooting Star” performance on Wednesday morning, October 21, just five days after Amavasya. This year Skywatchers can expect to see 30 meteors per hour in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with no less than moonlight.

Meteors that draw streaks in the sky are the fastest among meteor showers, as the Earth is almost hitting a stream of particles on the head. The particles come from the comet 1P / Halley, which is known as Halley’s comet. This famous comet rotates on Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the Sun, it leaves behind pieces of the comet. At certain times of the year, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun crosses paths with debris.

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