The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to see it

During these next several days, if you happen to be outside prior to the break of dawn and are looking up and glimpse a “shooting star,” there’s a good chance that what you saw was a fragment left behind in space by the famous Halley’s Comet. For it is during the third week of October that the meteor display spawned by the debris shed by Halley reaches its peak: the Orionid meteor shower. 

If the December Geminids and August Perseids can be considered ranking as the “first string” among the annual meteor showers in terms of brightness and reliability, then the Orionid meteor shower is on the junior varsity team. 

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