As every year around this time, Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet, the Orionid meteor shower starts and this year it's peak will occur on the night of Wednesday, October 21 till the morning of Thursday, October 22.
The best time to view this dramatic phenomenon of Orionid meteors is just before sunrise on Thursday, October 22, when Earth encounters the densest part of Halley's debris stream.
Observing this is simple, set the alarm a few hours before dawn, go outside and look up in the direction of the constellation Orion and the best part of all is we don't even need a telescope to watch this celestial fireworks as it shoots across the sky.
NASA also says that while the meteor count may be lower this year but viewing conditions are favourable, as the gibbous moon will set by 2 a.m. EDT time, permitting good viewing just before dawn when rates will be at their highest.
Meanwhile, a live stream of the night sky from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will be available via Ustream beginning October 21, at 10 p.m. EDT.The live feed is an alternative for stargazers experiencing bad weather or light-polluted night skies. If the weather in Huntsville is clear, Orionid meteors may be seen in the feed as early as 11:30 p.m. EDT.
The next meteor shower on deck is the Leonids, with the peak expected from midnight until dawn on November 18.