Halley’s Comet meteor shower peaks Monday and Tuesday – The Weather Network


Right now, Earth is passing through the debris left behind as Halley’s Comet passed by Earth’s orbit on its way towards perihelion the point in its orbit where it’s closest to the Sun. As the debris particles streak through the upper atmosphere, the meteors appear to originate from a point near the constellation Orion the Hunter, and thus astronomers named this the Orionid meteor shower or, if you prefer, just ‘the Orionids’. There’s also another meteor shower produced by Comet Halley – the Eta Aquariids in May – which is when Earth passes through the comet’s trail from after perihelion, but that one doesn’t put on as good of a show as the Orionids.

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