Halley's Comet is source of this week's Orionids meteor shower

Halley's Comet is source of this week's Orionids meteor shower

Unfortunately, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies Saturday night and and cloudy skies Sunday night, when the shower will be at the tail end of its peak.

Did you see Halley's Comet when it sailed past Earth in 1985 to 86?

The forecast for high school football playoffs and Orionid Meteor Shower gazing will be almost ideal with clear skies and mild temps.

These meteors are known as some of the brightest and fastest of all showers due to the almost-head-on collision between our planet and the comet particles.

Over the weekend, the meteoroids from Halley's Comet will strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye.

Jimmy Westlake recently retired from full time teaching at Colorado Mountain College's Steamboat campus, after nineteen years as their professor of physical sciences, and is looking forward to spending a lot more time under the starry sky.

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The Orionid meteor shower happens annually when the Earth plows through dusty debris from Halley's Comet, named after astronomer Edmond Halley, who determined the comet's periodicity and contributed to further knowledge about the solar system.

The most meteors will fall between October 20-22.

Cloudy skies will be rolling across the USA this weekend. Its absence provides darker skies to enjoy the show.

The shower is active throughout October, but Kerss says the best time to see it will be on October 22 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest.

Although the meteors can appear in any part of the sky, they seem to come from the constellation of Orion, hence their name.

Stargazers may have to wait as many as 10 minutes between shooting stars (patience will serve you well this weekend).

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