Meteor shower will peak before Tuesday sunrise
HUNTSVILLE, Ala, (WHNT) – NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office says the Orionid meteor shower will light up the sky with a display of shooting stars early Tuesday morning. Experts say there could be about 20 meteors per hour a couple of hours before the sunrise.
The meteors are debris from Halley’s Comet. Astronomers call them “Orionids” because the meteors streak out of the constellation Orion. The meteors will emerge from a small area near the shoulder of Orion, they will spray across the entire sky.
The meteors on Tuesday morning will travel fast, about 148,000 miles per hour. NASA experts say occasionally Orionid fireballs will leave incandescent streams of debris in their wake that linger for minutes.