Look up to see the Orionids meteor shower tonight

Tomas Mccoy
October 21, 2017

Look up at the night sky this weekend and you'll find a dazzling sight: The Orionid meteor shower, which will be at peak visibility over the next few days.

"As Comet Halley moves through space, it leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth's atmosphere most fully around October 20-22, every year".

It's advisable to take a trip out of your city to find somewhere more remote as this will prevent the experience from being ruined by artificial lights.

Anyone can witness the Orionid meteor shower because a telescope isn't needed.

The meteors have actually been visible in the night sky from around October 16, but they peak in intensity this weekend on the evening of October 21.

Space.com notes how, "The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".

These "comet crumbs" are the super speedy streaks of light that you'll see coming from Orion's belt tonight.


The best time to view the event clearly is the hours before dawn, where stargazers can catch up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: 'The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely ideal conditions.

Nasa describe the space-show as "one of the most lovely meteor showers of the year".

"Orionid meteors often leave longer trails than Perseid meteors, and have a more-pronounced bluish colour". "The radiant point for the Orionids is in the direction of the famous constellation Orion the Hunter". So get out away from bright lights and let your eyes adjust for a bit to the darkness. Clouds will increase Friday night, making it hard to view.

There will be clear skies in SC and throughout the eastern USA which will provide excellent viewing conditions.

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