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Louis area rated "fair" viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

Tough to beat conditions like this for some autumn stargazing with the Big Dipper over Lake Washington and Orion rising over the Cascades Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies
Theresa Hayes | 21 October, 2018, 06:09

It is said to last from October 2 to November 7.

You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that's still ongoing. In fact, its shooting stars move at speeds close to 148,000 miles per hour!

The Orionids meteor shower is one of the most reliable and visible showers of the year, along with the Perseids which occurred in August this year.

This one that people will get to see this weekend will not even be much slower by much.

"The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".

The shower occurs every October when Earth passes through debris from Halley's Comet. It takes the comet 76 years to orbit the sun, so it will enter Earth's atmosphere in 2061.

At its peak, the shower usually produces between 10 and 20 meteors per hour.

This meteor shower will be visible from everywhere on planet Earth, and you can best spot meteors between midnight and dawn if you find Orion the Hunter in the sky and look slightly to the north of Orion's sword. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche.