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Meteor Shower Creating Spectacle

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Debris leftover from Halley's comet is creating some astronomical oohs and ahhs.

The Orionid meteor shower has been impressing stargazers over the past few nights, and it's not too late to catch the sky show.

The shooting stars included a couple of blazing fireballs which were captured on NASA'S camera network.   The cameras captured 15 Orionid fireballs October 20th.

The Orionid meteor shower produced some amazing cosmic sights for stargazers, including two brilliant fireballs, despite a bright moon and predictions of a less-than-stellar show.

The seasonal shower is expected to peak Monday, averaging about 20 meteors per hours, but the activity could last into October 22.   The best time to watch is right before sunrise when the constellation Orion is high in the sky.

The Orionids get their name from the constellation, as the shooting stars appear to originate there, but they are really caused when the earth passes through the debris left from Halley's comet and the particles burn up in the atmosphere.

Although many of the meteorites are overwhelmed by the bright moonlight,  it's possible to see some leftover shooting stars through mid-November.

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