A chance to see shooting stars in the Netherlands

22 October, 2018, 21:54 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Bundle Up and Look Up To See Orionid Meteors This Weekend!	 	 	 			Credits NASA  JPL

The almost full moon will be shining brightly in the sky for most of the night, making it harder to see some of the dimmer meteors, but it will not ruin the celestial show completely, Accuweather predicts.

On the night of 21 October, the inhabitants of the earth, including Ukrainians, will observe the incredible phenomenon of a meteor shower the orionids, which will peak. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles nearly head on.

NASA describes the Orionid Meteor Shower as "one of the most attractive showers of the year".

Orionid meteor shower: Look up early Sunday to see it

It's called the Orionids because the shower appears to radiate from the constellation Orion - one of the most recognisable in the world. The shower runs from October 2nd through November 7th every year as Earth passes through the debris path of Comet Halley, but it peaks this Sunday morning.

While the meteors themselves are faint than in other showers, they are fast. In fact, you probably shouldn't because those meteors will have short trails and be harder to see. The best time to view the meteors is just after midnight and right before dawn on Sunday. They zip into our atmosphere at 41 miles per second, vaporizing in our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth's surface.

But they leave attractive gas trails that can stretch out for seconds after the meteor itself is gone. And you won't need binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show. It is important to be far away from artificial lights. Space.com suggests going out to the darkest spot you can find by 1:30 a.m. Sunday and allow your eyes to adjust to the light for about 20 minutes.

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