Orionid meteor shower peaks this week: how and when to watch

The faint waxing crescent phase of the Moon will allow for optimal viewing. And if you can’t see a meteor shower on October 21, experts recommend seeing it earlier in the week and on Wednesday in the morning as it will still be visible.

Expect 20 meteors per hour throughout the sky during the summit.

This meteorite may not be the most spectacular of the year, but it pleases in other ways. According to the American Meteor Society, orionids appear every year between October 2 and November 7.

What makes these showers distinctive are the beautiful gas trails left behind that can drag out for seconds after the meteor is gone. Or they can break into bright pieces.

The peak occurs when the Earth passes through a comet lane, as we cross its orbit each year at this time. Halley’s comet was last seen in our skies in 1986 and will reappear in 2061. The comet makes an appearance every 76 years on its journey around the Sun, according to NASA.

Meteors originate from the famous Orion planetarium, but you don’t have to look in the direction of the planetarium to see them. In fact, you probably shouldn’t because those meteors will have shorter paths and be harder to see.

The best time to see this meteor shower, which can produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the peak window, is when the moon is not dominating the night sky. That’s because these meteors have faded compared to the Perseid meteor shower, which last appeared in August.
The debris from the nucleus of Comet Halley forms the trail of debris responsible for the orionids meteor shower.
While meteor showers will peak overnight on October 21, the best view will be in your area during a brief window between 1am and dawn. Allow yourself an hour or two to observe. You can check timeanddate.com to see the shower peaks in your area.

Orionids are also difficult to see because they are very fast. They peep into our atmosphere at a speed of 41 miles per second, evaporating into our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth’s surface. Some have been clocked at 148,000 mph. But there is no danger of these luminous meteors hitting the Earth. Some meteorites are sand-shaped.

Find an open area away from the city that will give you a wide view of the sky, and don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and dress for the season. Give yourself some time so that your eyes can adjust to the darkness. And you won’t need binoculars or binoculars to enjoy the show.


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