How to get the best view of the Orionid meteor shower tonight

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 21, 2019

Halley's Comet deposited streams of particles in the inner solar system when it moved past the earth in 1986. In fact, you probably shouldn't because those meteors will have short trails and be harder to see.

"At maximum rates, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky condition", PAGASA's Space Sciences and Astronomy Section said in an advisory.

"Some people view the shower as extra special as the meteors are actually pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley's comet".

If you want to enjoy a clear view, head out to somewhere with relatively little light pollution so that the night sky is more visible as Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich says: "For the best chances to spot the Orionids, find a dark area of clear sky and allow around 20 minutes to let your eyes adapt to the dark".

The simplest explanation is that a meteor or meteoroid is a space rock that enters Earth's atmosphere.

The Orionids peaks overnight tonight (Monday, Oct. 21-Tuesday, Oct. 22).

The Orionids are viewable in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres during the hours after midnight.

For best viewing get away from city and street lights and lie on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a blanket or comfortable chair and go early. The collisions create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky and we're treated to a meteor shower.

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NASA added: "Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse". Take in as much of the sky as you can.

However, trying to locate the constellation tonight is not part of a successful meteor-hunting trip.

The radiant for Orionids - the point in the sky from which they appear to come from - is the constellation Orion.

Orion the Hunter is not the source of the Orionids but it appears to be from our perspective here on Earth.

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