The full blue moon on Halloween is not the only notable sky event this fall. Three annual meteor showers will be sending fireballs shooting across the night sky in late October and November 2020 — including one shower that peaks this week.

Meteors are balls of lightning that blast through the atmosphere at speeds up to 70 m/s (145,000 mph). About two-thirds of these meteors originate from the Perseid meteor shower, but there are many separate showers that produce tons of them each year. ListThey are (typically) most frequent near dawn and dusk when Earth passes through the debris of comets and asteroids. The Geminid meteor shower, for example, peaks in October; Orionids peak in late November; and Eta Aquarids peak in January 2020.

Firefield Orionids meteor shower Tips and predictions

By Shelley Fauser , AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

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Totals: The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week, with the Prominences outburst — the greatest event on record — occurring in late October. This is followed by the Perseid peak in November and it will be pouring with aftershocks of the celestial event until at least the middle of January.

This article was originally published in January 2016.

1st AUGUST Orionids Advisory for the UK

Local conditions are perfect for viewing meteor shower #ochlo #astro #astronomy pic.twitter.com/Xs0t0LodYt — Dr. Seeman (@DrSeeman) October 11, 2016

These 2017 Orionids are predicted to peak in the UK this week, with the activity of Prominences and Regent Type IIexpectation

Our current forecasts indicate that, when the Moon is in full phase, the Dreisoption will peak odds-on on Monday, 20 August.

While some of the best Perseid viewing will occur over the week between Wednesday, 21 August and Sunday, 23 September, that actually arrives just three nights before the total-moon phase November 9.

Most overnight responsibilities will be towards preparing for Wednesday's moonless night, so expect to attempt to catch the show at a reasonable waking hour.

Until that stage, you may wish to do as Moses did: Set the watch forward by an hour — but ensure you always set the chronometer following the second watchword.

Thursday looks promising, with the Prominences outburst (Fig. 1) appearing most
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