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The Orionid meteor shower runs from October 17-25, 2015, and peaks in the early morning of October 21. Slooh will present a live broadcast of this active and reliable meteor shower in conjunction with our multiple partner sites around the world.Like all meteor showers, the Orionids occur as the Earth passes through the debris-strewn path of a comet, in this case, Halley’s Comet. The meteors are simply tiny bits of ice and dust that fell away from the comet and plowed into our atmosphere. Because of the geometry of the Earth’ orbit relative to the debris stream, the Orionids appear to originate from a point near the upraised ‘club’ of the constellation Orion just north of the bright red-orange star Betelgeuse.

Debris from Comet Halley also produces the Eta Aquariid meteor shower in May each year. Slooh members can see a recording of our live 2015 broadcast of the Eta Aquariids at this link.

The Orionid meteors will be visible to observers in both the northern and southern hemispheres. If a meteor traces its path back in the direction of Orion, that means it’s likely an Orionid. More meteors are typically visible after midnight as the Earth turns into the debris field of Comet Halley.

The first-quarter Moon will set after midnight at the peak of the shower year, so it will be a great year to see the Orionids. At its peak, the Orionids can display as many as 30 meteors per hour. Mark your calendar to join Slooh for this live event.