Orionids Meteor Shower

When

October 21, 2023 - October 22, 2023    
All Day

In 2023, the Orionid meteor shower should rain down its greatest number of meteors on the morning of October 22, in a moonless sky. But the morning of October 21 is worth a look, too.

On a dark, moonless night, the Orionids exhibit a maximum of about 10 to 20 meteorsper hour.

These fast-moving meteors sometimes produce bright fireballs, which might be able to overcome a moonlit glare. If you trace thesemeteors backward, they seem to radiate from the Club of the famous constellation Orion the Hunter.

The Orionids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times.