Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

21 October, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower is headed our way, and it could be very visible this weekend!

Space.com says the Orionid meteor shower will peak Sunday night into Monday morning, with the best visibility around 2 a.m. However, you can go out on any clear night between now and November 7 to catch a few meteors.

You may have seen a few stray meteors zooming across the sky, leftover Draconids whose peak passed earlier this month or leftover meteors from the South Taurid shower that's still ongoing. During the peak, 15-20 meteors per hour will likely be visible, though the annual shower has before peaked at upwards of 80 meteors per hour.

View from an area with low light pollution. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

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When heading out tonight or Saturday night, make sure you take some time to look up at the sky.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids.

Halley's Comet passes Earth every 75 to 76 years and as it makes its way around the sun, it leaves a trail of gas and dust behind it, which can be seen when the debris crosses Earth.

The Orionids originate from Halley's comet, which was last seen on Earth in 1986.

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