Has the government shutdown tightened up your entertainment budget? The Orionid meteor shower, which begins next week, might be just the show you’re looking for.
The peak for the meteor shower is between Oct. 20-23. Elizabeth Warner with the University of Maryland Observatory says the best time to catch a glimpse is usually after midnight and into the morning hours.
“The peak is supposed to be on Sunday night, Monday morning, but on the days before and after, you’re always going to see a few,” Warner says.
The Orionid meteor shower is caused by a stream of debris left behind from the passing of Halley’s Comet. As the chunks of space rock enter Earth’s atmosphere, air resistance causes them to heat up. When you see a “shooting star,” you’re actually seeing light from the superheated air as the meteor passes through.