Keep an eye to the sky for the Orionid meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will peak Friday night and Saturday morning.

"The Orionids are popular among stargazers because of all its individual shooting stars are fragments of the most famous comet of all time, Halley's Comet," Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman said.

The comet leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth’s atmosphere most fully around Oct. 20-22, while Earth intersects the comet’s orbit, EarthSky reports

The Orionids don’t really begin to streak the nighttime sky until late evening, when the magnificent constellation Orion ascends over the eastern horizon, according to EarthSky's Deborah Byrd.

"Meteors in annual showers are named for the point in our sky from which they appear to radiate," Byrd said. "The radiant point for the Orionids is in the direction of the famous constellation Orion the Hunter."

Though they will emanate from the eastern horizon, they will streak across the entire sky, according to NASA.

Skywatchers across the Southeast, Southwest and northern Plains should clear skies for viewing the Orionids, said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.

However, "cloudy skies will be found across much of southern and central Texas into the Four Corners region, western Oklahoma and western Kansas, so conditions will be unfavorable in these areas," Travis said.


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