The Orionids meteor shower is considered one of the most beautiful showers of the year, and its peak is expected in the coming working week.
According to NASA, the Orionid meteor shower will peak on October 10th. 21 and offers skygazers a show that will light up the night sky.
Depending on where you are in the northern hemisphere, you can spot up to 15 meteors per hour during peak.
NASA says some of these Orionids can leave glowing “trains” (glowing pieces of debris in the meteor’s wake) that could last up to several minutes, and some faster meteors could also become fireballs.
Part of Halley’s Comet, the Orionid meteors are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky.
“Every time Halley returns to the inner solar system, its core ejects ice and rock dust into space. The dust grains eventually become the Orionids in October and the Eta Aquarids in May when they collide with Earth’s atmosphere,” NASA said.
With the moon not expected to dampen the show during the shower’s peak, scientists say the backdrop for the Orionids will be spectacular.
The greatest weather advantage one could ask for is clear skies.
The second most important viewing condition you want is a dark sky with no light pollution. If you live in a big city, consider going to a state or national park that allows overnight camping. But while you can go outside wherever you live, allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness for a few minutes and then look up. This includes putting down the phone.
Linda Mazzu of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, no doubt says Bryce Canyon National Park is the best dark sky park in the USA
NASA says the Orionids are visible in both the northern and southern hemispheres in the hours after midnight until dawn.
During the Orionid meteor shower peaking on November 10th on November 21st, the Orionids will be active until November 21st. 22