This week the world has seen the wreckage left on Halley’s Comet – and it should be a spectacular show.
The Orionids Meteor Shower saw 20 meteors per hour at its peak on Wednesday-Thursday, October 21-22 nights.
Known and observed since ancient times, the cosmic display of shooting stars is produced by dust particles left behind famous comets.
Haley’s comet itself has been swayed by the inner solar system for 76 years, the last visit being in 1986.
And it makes comets like Haley so fragile that we see annual meteor showers like orionids.
NASA said: “Orionids, which peak in mid-October each year, are considered to be the best rain of the year.
“Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and speed. These meteors are fast – they travel about 148,000 miles / ph 66 km / h in the Earth’s atmosphere.
“Quick meteorites can leave a glowing” train “(debris floating after a meteorite) that lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes.
“Look for long bursts of light while watching the Orionid meteor shower.”
We intersect Haley’s orbit not once, but twice a year. In early May, we see this comet’s bit annual as the Aquarius Meteor Shower.
The best view of the Orionids is from a dark location away from artificial light shortly after midnight on Wednesday evening.
NASA advised: “Look for areas far away from the city or streetlights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.
“If you are in the southern hemisphere, in the northern hemisphere or northeast, lie flat on your back with your feet facing south-east and look up at the sky as much as possible.
“In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you’ll start to see meteors. Be patient – the show will run until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”