Stargazers and nighthawks will be privy to yet another celestial show this October.
Known as the “Orionid” meteor shower, it takes place between October 20th to October 22nd. Due to the fact that the Earth is meeting a stream of particles head on, this will be one of the fastest and brightest showers of the year.
Orionid Meteor Shower 2017
Space.com notes how, “The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley’s Comet. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs.”
These “comet crumbs” are the super speedy streaks of light that you’ll see coming from Orion’s belt tonight. The meteors get their name from this constellation, because they originate near it; however, they can be seen across the entire sky. You can expect to see about 15 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
As always, light pollution from the city will obscure views of the meteors, so it is best to travel as far away from them as possible. Ultimately, the view from a higher vantage point, such as a hill or mountain, is best. Of course, a pair of binoculars or a telescope always helps viewing.
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