A Spectacular Meteor Shower Is Headed Our Way This October. Here’s How To See It!

The Orionid meteor shower is caused by Halley's Comet.

While you might think of a meteor shower as a rare event, there’s at least one you can count on seeing every year. The Orionid meteor shower occurs every October, so we’ll be able to catch a glimpse of it quite soon! According to Mental Floss, this celestial event occurs when Earth crosses paths with the tail of Halley’s Comet. However, from our perspective, it will look like the shooting stars are emanating from Orion’s Belt — that’s why we call them the Orionids.

The Orionid meteor shower is caused by Halley's Comet.
Photo by Michał Mancewicz on Unsplash

So, how can you witness the upcoming meteor shower? You’ll be able to see the most falling star activity between nighttime on Saturday, October 21 and morning on Sunday, October 22. The best time to watch the skies is before sunrise!

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