Tuesday night is peak viewing for Orionids meteor shower in Pittsburgh skies


The weather may not cooperate, but tonight will be the peak for the Orionids meteor shower in Pittsburgh's skies.

Buhl Planetarium manager Mike Hennessy explains it's called Orionids because the streaks seem to come from the Orion constellation, but he says it's something very different.

"Fragments left behind by Halley's Comet slam into Earth's atmosphere and they're coming in fast, at about 40 miles-per second. And as they burn up in the atmosphere and that's what produces those beautiful streaks in the night sky."

Of course our night sky is supposed to be cloudy. But you might still catch this meteor shower for several days.