Like all major meteor showers, the Orionid meteor shower has a peak, when you might expect to see the greatest number of meteors. In 2013, the Orionids are expected to peak on the morning of October 21, but a bright moon will interfere with the shower.
The shower also runs for weeks on either side of the peak. Earth is crossing the stream of cometary debris in space that makes the Orionid meteor shower from about October 2 to about November 7 each year. Tommy Eliassen Photography in Norway caught this Orionid meteor on the morning of October 14, 2013, against a backdrop of the aurora borealis, or northern lights.
Thank you, Tommy!
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