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.
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.
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.
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.