By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:03 BST, 1 October 2020 | Updated: 22:04 BST, 1 October 2020
Stargazers are in for a treat this month when hundreds of shooting stars light up the sky during an Orionid meteor shower.
These meteors streak across the sky each October, starting the 2nd through November 7th - but peak viewing is expected on the morning of October 21.
This cosmic event happens when Earth passes through stream of debris left behind Comet Halley – the parent comet of the Orionid shower.
Astronomers note that the meteors can move 148,000 miles per hour into the atmosphere, but leave gas trails in the sky that last for a few seconds.
NASA deems the Orionids as one of the most beautiful showers in the year, which are visible in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres after midnight.
Stargazers are in for a treat this month when hundreds of shooting stars light up the sky during an Orionid meteor shower. Pictured is the event in 2012
‘Find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair,’ the American space agency shared in a blog post.
‘Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.
‘In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.’
The stunning shower derives from the debris stream left by comet Halley that makes its way to the inner solar system.
These meteors streak across the sky each October, starting the 2nd through November 7th - but peak viewing is expected on the morning of October 21. Pictured is the Orionid shower in China from 2015
Here the comet’s nucleus sheds ice and rocky dust into space that become Orionoid meteors in October.
This month also brings with it a rare Blue Moon that will be