A shower of 20 meteors-per-hour begins at 8 p.m. ET+ READ ARTICLE
Watch live Tuesday night as 20 meteors-per-hour light up the night sky as part of the Orionid Meteor Shower, a spectacle that occurs each year as the earth moves through debris left behind by a comet.
“Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, the source of the Orionids,” said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office in a press release. “Bits of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us a couple dozen of meteors per hour.”
While this shower may not be the strongest of the year, the position of nearby stars makes it one of the best to watch, Cooke added.
The show will be livestreamed from the Slooh Community Observatory beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and will be hosted by expert astronomer Bob Berman.