Orionid meteor shower this weekend, will we see the show?

Cesar Mills
October 21, 2018

"The Orionid meteors are debris left behind by Comet Halley, arguably the most famous of all comets".

Onlookers will start to spot the Orionids shortly after nightfall with the frequency of meteors gradually increasing as the night continues and the shower's radiant point, located near the constellation Orion, climbs above the horizon.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) says the Orionid Meteor Shower "is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe".

However, you can go out on any clear night between now and November 7 to catch a few meteors. That will keep the marine layer away from the coast, making it easier to see the night sky.

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With the visibility of about 15-20 meteors per hour, there will be a couple of factors that might make the viewing a little hard. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

View from an area with low light pollution.

When heading out tonight or Saturday night, make sure you take some time to look up at the sky. As they burn up the particles appear as shooting stars, creating bright streaks in the sky.

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