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How to see the Orionid meteor shower

21 October 2017, 12:38 | Nina Hammond

Orionid meteor shower: What is it and how can I see it?

Here's The Info You Need About The Spectacular Orionid Meteor Shower Tonight!

"Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, the source of the Orionids", Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says in a media release.

Astronomer Tom Kerss, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said weather and light pollution would mean people would most likely see fewer than that - but said it's still worth gazing skyward.

If the meteors originate from Halley's, why are they called the Orionids? This meteor shower is famous because it derives from material trailing behind the best-known comet, Comet 1P/Halley.

You won't need binoculars or any fancy-pants equipment for this; you can witness the action from the naked eye.

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At its peak, 25 meteors per hour are expecting to streak across the sky. If you look towards the sky on Sunday morning you might be able to catch one of the brightest and fastest meteor showers on the astronomical calendar that occurs when Halley's Comet comes in contact with the Earth's atmosphere. These "shooting stars" will become more numerous during the peak with an average of 10-20 per hour this year. The Orionid Meteor Shower happens every year and follows the Perseid Meteor Shower which peaked in August.

This year will be a particularly good year for viewing the Orionids since the peak of the shower falls just days after the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution for the shower to compete with, AccuWeather said.

The more of the sky you can see, the better. Skygazers can look for the meteors near the Orion constellation. The best chance you're going to get is when the planet is in opposition. Uranus was visible in the night sky last night. After midnight, the constellation will be in the southeast sky.

Astronomers in the U.S. can look forward to clear skies in the southwestern and eastern parts of the country.



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