The Fact News Service
October’s sky is a delight for stargazers, with Mars reaching its maximum brightness in 15 years and other planets visible in the sky as well. The Orionid meteor shower is also set to peak later this month; it is already visible.
The Orionids are bits of dust and debris left behind from Comet Halley on its previous trips through the inner solar system. Every year our planet drifts through the cloud of comet debris around this time of the year and all the dust collides with our upper atmosphere and burns up in a display we see as ‘shooting stars’, and sometimes even as fireballs.
As per reports in India Times Given the amount of visible meteors during its active period, the Orionids are considered a major meteor shower that can be seen from the first week of October to the first week of November.
(story sourced through inputs from agencies)