US – The fall meteor shower, Orionid is revving up this month starting End of September and going through the first couple of days in November. They will peak and be most active on October 20-21. Orionids are the debris left behind from Halley’s Comet as Earth passes through the stream of material.
The Orionids get their name from the direction from which they appear to radiate, which is the constellation Orion, The Hunter.
This event will be visible over a significant portion of the sky and under favorable viewing conditions. Peak viewing will be expected around 2 a.m. on October 22nd, but you will have a good chance of seeing them throughout the month, especially October 20th to 22nd in the early morning a little before dawn, as long as the moon isn’t washing the meteors out.
At the expected peak, we may be able to see up to 25 Orionids per hour while the sky is dark. The meteors move at 41 miles per second and leave a trail of gas for a few seconds that produce the familiar streak of light. The meteors closes to Orion, which is in the eastern part of the sky, will have smaller trails of gas with less visibility. You will have a better chance of seeing them if you were to view with your back to the eastern sky.
The Circleville Pumpkin Show will be during this period