The Orionids: Debris from Halley’s comet dazzle autumn night sky

Tough to beat conditions like this for some autumn stargazing with the Big Dipper over Lake Washington and Orion rising over the Cascades

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

However, it will be at its peak between October 21 to 22. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. However, you can go out on any clear night between now and November 7 to catch a few meteors. More meteors are produced at its peak when 15-20 of the impressive stars will appear in the sky.

Not only is it extremely bright, but October's Orionid meteor shower also produces extremely fast-moving meteors.

The Orionids originate from Halley's comet, which was last seen on Earth in 1986.

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But until then, the Orionid meteor shower is the flawless way to catch a glimpse of the debris left by the famous space rock.

There's good news and bad news about this year's Orionid meteor shower, which should throw off some beauties before dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before it reaches its peak early Monday.

To get the best chance of seeing the spectacular, keep away from light pollution.

Binoculars and telescopes won't improve the view, because they are created to see more stationary objects in the sky.

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