Beyond the Weather: Orionid meteor shower

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 20, 2018

You may have spotted a meteor or two streaking across the sky this month, but the big show is coming this weekend.

If you miss the peak, you can also be on the lookout for the shower between October 15 and 29, but the meteors may not be as frequent. It does set after 3 a.m. on both mornings, giving us the best opportunity to see the Orionids.

NASA said that these meteors are considered to be one of the most handsome showers of the year, traveling at the speed of 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth's atmosphere.

At its peak, the shower usually produces between 10 and 20 meteors per hour. 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. The Earth passes through these dusty trails, colliding with the atmosphere, where they disintegrate and create the light show in the sky.

However, it will be at its peak between October 21 to 22. "At certain times of the year, Earth's orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris", explains Space. However, if you miss the peak, you may be able to catch the peak on October 29, barring the moon doesn't drown out the meteors.

A photo taken during the Orionid meteor shower.

To get the best view of the shower, you should avoid light pollution by getting away from city lights.

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