Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

Oct 21, 2017, 00:42
Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky. Are you ready for it?

FANCY wrapping up warm, settling down under the stars and marvelling at the next meteor shower to grace our skies?

Check the lunar calendar before the event, as if the moon is too bright during its full or gibbous phase, it may obscure the view.

Get as far from city lights as possible.

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Website Globe At Night helps find Orion in the sky based on location.

The astronomer explained that before midnight, the meteors will travel from the east or across the sky to the west.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: 'The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely ideal conditions.

Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth orbits through an area of space littered with debris from Halley's Comet, according to NASA. Scientists believe that when the Earth drifts through the debris, it lights up the sky as meteors, specifically the meteors that will illuminate the Orion constellation beginning tonight (October 20) and over the next few days. Due to the fact that the Earth is meeting a stream of particles head on, this will be one of the fastest and brightest showers of the year. And what's your best chance of seeing it? "The radiant point for the Orionids is in the direction of the famous constellation Orion the Hunter".

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If you're more of an early riser, Venus and Mars come up before sunrise. Melissa Hulbert said, "This year it's predicted to be at the lower end of the scale, around 20-30 meteors per hour".

At its peak, 25 meteors per hour are expecting to streak across the sky.

Another bonus: Skywatchers across the highly populated eastern USA should have clear skies for viewing the Orionids, according to AccuWeather meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel.

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