Coming to Michigan This Week – Orionids Meteor Shower
The Orionids meteor shower, considered one of the "most beautiful" by NASA, should be visible to us in Michigan this week. NASA likes them because they're bright and fast. According to NASA, "Fast meteors can leave glowing "trains" (incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor) which last for several seconds to minutes." According to CBS News, these meteors are produced when Earth screams through tiny leftover bits of Halley's Comet. And they're not kidding about the speed. These meteors will be traveling through the atmosphere at 148,000 mph.
We'll need some good weather early tomorrow or Wednesday morning to see these things. The rain should be out of here overnight and the wind may push some of the clouds out, but Wednesday morning might give us a better look.
Where to actually look: They're called the Orionids because they appear to be coming from the constellation Orion. Orion is at about 50 to 60 degrees up above the horizon to the south. Between midnight and about 5AM, look up and just to the left of the iconic "Orion's belt" of three stars in a row.
And as all fans of the show "Ancient Aliens" know, Orion's belt is where the aliens came from. So, when you look up - smile and wave.