The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak before dawn on October 21, with up to 20 meteors visible an hour; however, many meteors may still be seen between October 20-22. In fact, outside of this peak period you may still be able to spot a few Orionids between October 2 through November 7.

As with observing any meteor shower, get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky. A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky.  

The Orionids are so named as they seem to originate, or radiate, from near the famous constellation Orion. However, they will appear to streak across the entire sky. Their origin is thought to be from the dusty remnants of the tail of the famed Comet Halley! They are also very fast meteors; you may see that many leave "trails" behind as they burn up in our atmosphere. 
 
Image of the radianrt of the Orionid meteor shower
 
Image of the radiant of the Orionid meteor shower, courtesy EarthSky

Date: Saturday, 10/21/2017 - Sunday, 10/22/2017

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