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The Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks This Week. Here’s How to Watch – ScienceAlert

The Orionids meteor shower is peaking this week, bringing about 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour.

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The Orionids meteor shower is peaking this week, bringing about 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour.
The meteors barrel into Earth’s atmosphere with unusual speed, travelling roughly 41 miles per second – about 148,000 mph (240,000 km/h). In their rush, they often leave behind glowing trails of debris that shine in the sky for several seconds or even minutes. Some travel so fast that they explode into fireballs, creating prolonged bursts of light.
The Orionids streaks across the sky throughout October,…

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