Orionid meteor shower seen to light up night sky

Published October 16, 2021, 3:49 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Stargazers will be in for a treat as the Orionid meteor shower will become active from Oct. 17 to 25, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.


In its astronomical diary, PAGASA said the shower, at maximum rates, may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky conditions.

But it noted that sometimes there are lulls even during the traditional maximum peak nights of Oct. 21 to 22.

“Unfortunately, the bright Moon will interfere with the observations of fainter meteors,” the agency said.

According to PAGASA, the Orionid meteor shower is produced as the Earth passes through the stream of debris left behind by comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionid shower.

It added that the radiant of the shower will be observed north of Betelgeuse, the second brightest star in the constellation Orion.

A meteor shower is best observed from a dark location after midnight.