Written by Todd Richissin and Bea Karnes
The Orionid meteor shower is sending chunks of rock hurtling through earth’s atmosphere. We’re on the waning edge of the shower. The last date to see them this year is Nov. 7.
According to NASA, "The Orionids...are considered to be one of the most beautiful showers of the year. Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and for their speed. These meteors are fast -- they travel at about 148,000 mph (66 km/s) into the Earth's atmosphere. Fast meteors can leave glowing "trains" (incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor) that last for several seconds to minutes. Fast meteors can also sometimes become fireballs: Look for prolonged explosions of light when viewing the Orionid meteor shower."
Remnants from this shower come from Halley's Comet.
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