The Orionid Meteor Shower 2017 in Photos: Stunning Views by Stargazers

Orionid Meteors Dazzle Skywatchers

Sergio Garcia Rill

Skywatchers and photographers set out into the night in October of 2017 to see the annual Orion meteor shower. Here are some of their most amazing photos.

Skywatching at Sunrise

Jeff Berkes

An Orionid meteor passes over the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of New Jersey just before sunrise on Oct. 21.

On Orion's Shoulders

John Chumack/Galactic Images

An Orionid meteor passes between the shoulders of Orion the Hunter. Orionid meteors typically appear to radiate from the constellation of Orion.

Into the Green

Sergio Garcia Rill

An Orionid fireball passes behind an ocotillo plant in this shot taken at Big Bend National Park in Texas in this shot by Sergio Garcia Rill.

The Orion Nebula

John Chumack/Galactic Images

"The point was to capture Orionid meteors, but I captured a few other nice objects in the shot as a bonus," astrophotographer John Chumack told in an email. "Also visible on the eastern most star in Orion's Belt (Alnitak) are the glow of the Maple Leaf nebula and Famous Horsehead nebula, and below the belt is the Sword of Orion. 'The Great Orion Nebula'(pink/blue), with the Running Man reflection nebula (blue) just above it."

Over the Ocean

Jeff Berkes

An Orionid meteor heads into the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

Shooting Stars and a Shipwreck

Jeff Berkes

An Orionid meteor streaks across the sky over a shipwreck on the coast of New Jersey.

Emanating from Orion

John Entwistle/

An Orionid meteor streaks away from the constellation Orion in this view captured from the Jersey Shore on Saturday (Oct. 21).

Orion the Hunter

Gowrishankar L.

The constellation Orion the Hunter takes center stage in this Orionid meteor shower shot by astrophotographer Gowrishankar Lakshminarayanan. He captured these Orionid meteors streaking through the sky over New York's Catskill Mountains on Saturday (Oct. 21).

A Meteor 'Faceplant'

Sergio Garcia Rill

A meteor appears to pierce the Earth in this shot of the 2017 Orionid meteor shower. Photographer Sergio Garcia Rill was setting up a second camera at Big Bend National Park in Texas when he snapped this self-portrait.

A (Shooting) Starry Night

Steve Roellke

An Orionid meteor darts through the night sky in Shenandoah, Virginia at 4:33 a.m. EDT on Saturday (Oct. 21). You can watch the entire early-morning Orionid photo shoot on YouTube in 4K.

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.