This is my birthday weekend and if I am lucky I will be able to look up at the sky in the dark hours before dawn and get a gift of some “shooting stars” that are part of the annual Orionid meteor shower.

The shower will peak overnight on October 21-22. The Orionid meteors do their thing every year between about October 2 and November 7. Hopefully, the sky will be cloudless and the almost full Moon won’t wipe out my view.

These meteors come from Earth passing through the dust cloud left behind by Halley’s Comet, and because we hit that dust head-on, these meteors are very fast. So named because they appear to come from the constellation Orion, they can be seen everywhere on Earth. Look east between midnight and dawn and find Orion who is easy to spot with the three aligned stars of his belt.

 

Orion