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Orionid Meteor Shower To Dazzle Onlookers As It Peaks Late This Week

Orionid Meteor Shower To Dazzle Onlookers As It Peaks Late This Week

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Astronomers are expecting to see about a dozen meteors as Earth passes through an area of space “littered” with the debris of Halley’s Comet. The Orionid meteors appear every year at this time with showers producing 20 or so meteors every hour. And here’s everything you need to know about it. For those who are wondering, this is because the meteor shower appears to emerge from the constellation Orion – which is one of the brightest groups of stars in the sky. According to Nasa, the shower will be radiant “just to the north of constellation Orion’s bright star Betelgeuse”. Meteoroids from Halley’s Comet strike Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of 148,000 mph, burning up in streaking flashes of light. “Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, the source of the Ori