Orionids

Orionids

[uh-rahy-uh-nidz, awr-ee-oh-, ohr-]

The Orionids are an annual meteor shower, named after their radiant which occurs in the constellation Orion. The peak of the Orionid meteor shower is around October 21st. Typically the peak is 10-15 meteors an hour.

The Orionid Meteor Showers are caused by the well known Halley’s Comet, named after the astronomer Edmund Halley, which last passed through the inner solar system in 1986 on its 75-76 year orbit.

The radiant of the Orionids is located near the left shoulder of Orion the Hunter, centered within a triangle consisting of Sirius (the brightest star in the sky) and the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn (These are in the south-eastern sky before dawn, as viewed from mid-northern latitudes).

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