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Orionid Meteors Come From Halley's Comet

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Last updated 10/7/2019 at 3:51pm

Orionid Meteor Shower

While the Orionid meteor shower is not one of the more spectacular showers, it does attract attention primarily because it originates from the debris left behind by the best known comet, Comet Halley, and it graces the sky with a radiant in the brightest constellation, Orion, the hunter. This year the shower peaks at about 20 per hour on the night of Oct. 21-22, although Orionids can be spotted for over a week either side of this. The radiant, between the club of Orion and the feet of Gemini, the twins, rises in the east before midnight. This year observing should...

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