Orionid meteor shower: Stay up late or get up early for a celestial light show

Have plans Sunday night? If you're a night owl or early bird you may get a glance at a fireball in the sky.

If you can stay up past midnight or be up before dawn on Monday, you could be treated to a light show from the Orionid meteor shower.

ABC15 Meteorologist Laura Thomas says the meteor shower peaks between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday in Arizona.

Thomas says you may see from 20 to 25 meteors per hour.

But, she also says the bright moon could affect viewing.

So, where do you look? Meteor showers are usually named after the constellation they originate from. Orion and its famous three-star belt is a favorite feature in the fall and winter sky.

Just look to the southeast and you'll find it. Most of the shooting stars will originate from Orion's club. They'll then streak across Taurus and Gemini and finally through Sirius, the Dog Star.

Another special feature about this particular meteor shower will be the colors. With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, many of the streaks take on shades or orange and green. Many will also produce brief fireballs in the sky.

Even if you don't see a fireball, look for Jupiter right overhead at dawn and Mars off to the east.
 

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