Amazing photos of Orionid meteor shower, another peak viewing opportunity around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Amazing photos of Orionid meteor shower, another peak viewing opportunity around 2 a.m. Sunday.

photo courtesy of Mills FItzner
photo courtesy of Mills FItzner
photo courtesy of Mills FItzner

Local photographer Mills Fitzner captured these amazing photos of the Orionid meteor shower in the wee hours of the morning.

According to space.com: “The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest and brightest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on. The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley’s Comet. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. At certain times of the year, Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris.”

The Orionids are named after the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is near the constellation Orion (The Hunter). In October, Orion is best visible around 2 a.m. on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.

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