Here are stunning Orionid meteor shower pictures relayed by NASA as it streams the images for people to watch on the Internet. The live feed is being shot at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Every year in the middle of October, debris from Halley’s Comet hits the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. These debris moves at the speed of 148,000, miles per hour and when it hits the atmosphere, burns up, causing flashes of light.
The meteor shower was at peak visibility from Saturday midnight of October 20 to the dawn of the following Sunday morning. Experts said that for people who wanted to see the meteor shower, they should ensure that they stayed away from bright city lights. Bill Cooke, from NASA’s Meteroid Environmental Offcie said people who were watching the meteors from brightly lit area may get to see only some of them, mostly the bright ones.
How to watch meteor showers ?
The best way would be to lie flat on the back and look straight up. You do not need telescope or binoculars, the eyes are enough because meteors can be visible anywhere in the sky, a broad view is sufficient. Mr. Cooke says that it takes about 3 minutes for a person’s eyes to adapt, so in order to see the meteor showers properly, one needs to spend about an hour outside.
Orionid Meteor Shower 2012 images