By Todd Richissin
As far as photos go of the 2013 Orionid meteor shower peak, it will be difficult to get anything resembling the photos that accompany this story.
The photos are from Tommy Eliassen Photography, taken in Norway this year and last. When we stumbled across them, we knew we had to share them, and Eliassen graciously agreed to have them posted on Patch.
But skies are expected to be clear, so you may just get a glimpse of some shooting stars.
The meteor shower peaks early this week, but it will continue until about Nov. 7.
From NASA on the Orionids:
The Orionids, which peak during mid-October each year, are considered to be one of the most beautiful showers of the year. Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and for their speed. These meteors are fast -- they travel at about 148,000 mph (66 km/s) into the Earth's atmosphere. Fast meteors can leave glowing "trains" (incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor) that last for several seconds to minutes. Fast meteors can also sometimes become fireballs: Look for prolonged explosions of light when viewing the Orionid meteor shower.
Remnants from this shower, as well as the Eta Aquarids in May, come from Halley's Comet.
Comet of Origin: 1P/Halley
Radiant: Just to the north of constellation Orion's bright star Betelgeuse
Active: 2 Oct. - 7 Nov. 2013
Peak Activity: 20-21 Oct. 2013
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Approximately 20 meteors per hour in moonless skies.
Meteor Velocity: 66 km (41 miles) per second