Catch Shooting Stars From Halley's Comet This Week

October 20, 2014 6:55 PM

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Catch Shooting Stars From Halley's Comet This Week

The Orionid meteor shower peaks Tuesday and stargazers can observe shooting stars from Halley's Comet throughout the week. NASA will have an Orionid meteor shower live stream Monday beginning at 10 p.m. EDT. Unlike the Perseid meteors, the Orionids are not competing with a supermoon, so they should be easier to spot.

Each year in mid-October, Earth passes through a dust and debris trail left by Halley's Comet. The debris burns up in Earth's atmosphere, leading to the Orionid meteor shower, which gets its name as it looks like the objects are originating from the constellation Orion. "Earth is passing through a s...

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