The Orionid meteor shower is considered one of the most beautiful showers of the year and is expected to peak during the upcoming business week.
According to NASA, the Orionid meteor shower will peak on October 1. 21, offering sky watchers a show that will light up the night sky.
Depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you could detect up to 15 meteors per hour during the peak.
NASA says that some of these Orionids can leave behind glowing “trains” (glowing bits of debris in the meteor’s wake) that could last up to several minutes, and some faster meteors could also turn into fireballs.
Orionid meteors are pieces of Halley’s Comet and are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky.
“Every time Halley returns to the inner solar system, its core spews ice and rocky dust into space. The dust grains eventually become the Orionids in October and the Eta Aquarids in May if they collide with Earth’s atmosphere,” he said. The NASA.
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Since the moon doesn’t expect to overshadow the show during the peak of the shower, scientists say the backdrop for the Orionids will be spectacular.
The biggest weather advantage you could ask for is clear skies.
The second most important viewing condition you want is a dark sky away from light pollution. If you live in a big city, consider going to a state or national park that allows overnight camping. However, even if you can get out of wherever you live, let your eyes adjust to the dark for a few minutes and then look up. This includes leaving your phone.
Linda Mazzu of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, says indisputably Bryce Canyon National Park it is the best dark sky park in the US.
NASA says that the Orionids are visible in the northern and southern hemispheres during the hours after midnight until dawn.
While the peak of the Orionid meteor shower is on October 1. On November 21, the Orionids will be active until November 21. 22
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