The second meteor shower of October 2008, the Orionids are said to be the dust particles of the renowned Halley’s Comet (IP/Halley) that last visited us in its 75-76 year orbit somewhat unspectacularly in 1986. As dust particles and rock fragments remain in the orbit of the comet they find themselves crossing the path of earth each year in the heart of October. Halley’s Comet is also accountable for an additional meteor shower in May called the Eta Aquarids. The 2008 Orionids Meteor Shower will take place amid October 15 to 29 with peak viewing times from October 20 to 22. For best viewing of the these blistering swift (90,000+ mph) meteors look for the constellation Orion the Hunter anytime later than midnight until a few hours prior to daybreak and observe the meteors dart from the red/orange star named Betelgeuse contained by the constellation. Commonly meteors can be seen anyplace in the heavens, but you will detect most streaming from a position in the sky known as the radiant. The name Orionids is resulting from the fact that the meteor shower’s radiant is located near Orion the Hunter, hence giving them their name. Unfortunately because these aren’t the largest meteors, quick speeds and combined with a last quarter moon (half illuminated), the Orionids may not be that impressive. For meteor shower enthusiasts it’s always worthwhile viewing and you never know, you may see a fireball!