A Ring camera in Point Clear caught a meteor shooting across the night sky at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. The meteor is likely part of the Orionids meteor shower caused by debris from Halley’s Comet.
Todd McCain sent a video of the meteor over Mobile Bay.
Meteors from the Orionids are some of the brightest, according to NASA. The shower peaked on October 21 but will continue through November 22.
As for the mother comet, Halley’s Comet, she hasn’t come around since 1986 and will not return until 2061. However, another meteor shower from Halley’s Comet, the Eta Aquarids, will be visible in May 2024.
The Leonid meteor shower will also begin on November 3 and will end on December 2.
The American Meteor Society provides a calendar of meteor showers year-round.
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